Third new homes plan for Kentford

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A controversial plan to build nearly 100 new homes in Kentford is being recommended to go ahead despite objections from the parish council, village residents and English Heritage.

The application for a 5.69 hectare site close to the centre of Kentford in Herringswell Road, is the third major development proposal for the village following schemes submitted for Meddler Stud and Gazeley Road.

It includes 98 homes and provision of recreational and employment space. But the parish council said the development was too large for the village, would create too much additional traffic on Herringswell Road and that local schools were already at full capacity.

English Heritage was concerned about the effect the scheme would have on the setting of the Grade II listed St Mary’s which it said was “an historic building of national significance.”

The application will be discussed by Forest Heath councillors on Wednesday.