A planning application has been submitted to receive prior approval for the demolition of 41 homes in Stevenage.

The homes, at Hobbs Court, were part of a sheltered housing scheme for older people and there are plans for them to be replaced with a similar scheme.

Earlier this year, Stevenage Borough Council put the contract for demolition and clearance works out to tender for a value of £175,000.

If the planning application is approved, the demolition work is expected to begin in February 2024 and to last for around 10 weeks.


Work would be conducted between 8am to 5pm on weekdays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays, with noisy work limited to between 9am and 3pm on every day.

Stevenage Borough Council is overseeing the works as part of wider plans for the regeneration of the Oval.

Earlier this year, a spokesperson for the council told the Comet that the buildings to be demolished were "poor quality", and added: "All the residents who lived here have been rehoused to other schemes across the town and the building is presently being used by officers from Stevenage Borough Council and the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, who are conducting surveys and safety drills."