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Residents Continue To Battle Royston Development

Monday April 15 2013


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ROYSTON residents are continuing their battle against a £7 million development on the former Royston High School site - despite plans being approved.

Councillors on the planning board gave thumbs up for a supermarket, petrol station and more than 140 houses off Midland Road, despite impassioned speeches opposing it, in February.

But resident Sam Morgan, 59, says local people 'are up in arms' about it.

He's in correspondence with the council's planning department and believes, in particular, an objection by Asda was not given proper consideration.

Asda argued the impact of the development would be more severe on business than proposed in the plan.

Sam, of Doles Crescent, says residents are looking to take the case to the ombudsmen as they're not happy with the decision.

"The feeling among villagers is because that site was worth £7 million the council is just wanting to back heel it through," he said.

All three Royston councillors are in opposition to the plans and Cllr Tracey Cheetham took to social networking site Twitter after the board met, branding the decision 'ridiculous and unbelievably wrong.'

Cllr Graham Kyte, said: "I'm not surprised that Mr Morgan is taking the response on behalf of residents as I know there is still widespread concern."

Kier Property Developments expects to create 250 full-time and part time jobs as well as between 150 and 200 jobs for local construction workers.

More than 300 residents wrote letters of objection raising issues with access and traffic problems among their concerns.

Building is expected to start in summer and should be completed by late spring.

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