The homes are part of the first phase of a 800-home project

Stevenage Council has approved Bellway North London and Miller Homes’ detailed plans for a 243-home scheme. 

Bellway’s Artisan property

One of Bellway’s Artisan properties, which will be available at Bellway North London’s Stevenage development

The properties are part of the first phase of a joint scheme in Stevenage. 

It is part of a 800-home scheme for a site off North Road, for which the developers were given outline planning permission in September last year. 

Outline permission was also given for a local centre, a primary school, country park and public open space. 

With the 243 homes, a separate application for site-wide infrastructure on the 183-acre plot was also given the green light. 

Thirty per cent of the homes will be affordable and 105 will be for private sale. 

Ali Maruf, managing director for Bellway North London, said work on the development was expected to start this spring. 

The new homes will be built on a plot near Rooks Nest House, where novelist EM Forster lived as a child, and which was the inspiration for his novel Howards End. 

Maruf added: “We are aware of the historic literary significance of the area and are focused on creating a new neighbourhood sympathetic to the unique character of the conservation area and surrounding landscape which inspired EM Forster’s work.”

The council is to consider reserved matters applications for a further 115 homes in phase 1 and the 193-acre country park at a later date.

Bellway North London and partners developer completed the land purchase for the North Road site in November last year. 

It was acquired in partnership with Bellway Strategic Land, which is the company’s strategic land team.

Bellway last month predicted flat volume for 2023 on ‘improved’ reservations. 

Miller Homes is one of the many housebuilders that has already signed the government’s cladding pledge, to remediate tower blocks, which the government wanted firms to commit to by the end of yesterday.