A COUNCILLOR has blasted proposals to build up to 200 new homes on the edge of Royston.

Residents near Lee Lane have received a letter from consultancy firm NJL Consulting about the development including a plan of what it would look like.

But Cllr Graham Kyte believes the homes should be built elsewhere as the site's main access would be from Lee Lane.

There would also be a shop for residents to buy staples such as milk as well as public open spaces.

In the letter, NJL say applicants Strategic Land Group is preparing an outline planning application. More detailed plans would be submitted later.

It states the development will support the local economy, provide employment and contribute to the community.

Fifteen per cent of the new homes would also be affordable housing.

Cllr Kyte said the community would benefit from more affordable homes and the former spring factory off the High Street would be more suitable, rather than building at the more rural Lee Lane site.

He said the Lee Lane site is more attractive therefore house prices would be more expensive and developers could make more money.

"Local members are very much against this development as I'm sure many local residents are. It's as clear as day affordable houses on a site such as the former spring factory site in Royston would be better for the local community," he added.

"But clearly the developer will not make as much money from this. I hope the planning board will agree if an application is submitted the adverse impact of the development far outweighs the advantages."

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