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65 FLATS: Residents criticize proposed development which is not in keeping with the character of Kings Langley

 Published on: 19th October 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents have expressed concerns surrounding the potential development of 65 flats which will threaten the character of the village.

The development in question surrounds the old West Herts College site on Home Park Mill Link Road and proposes to build five storey blocks of flats, a storey higher than any other buildings in Kings Langley.

Gary Ansell, chair of Kings Langley & District Residents Association, said that the site will also not offer any affordable housing.

He said: “No affordable housing is included even though the council’s own policy states there should be an overall provision of 45 per cent affordable housing.”

Gary added that there are also concerns about the development putting pressure on the village’s resources.

He said: “65 flats constitute over-development of the site resulting in insufficient parking – Three Rivers District Council policy states 125 spaces should be provided, the application includes 73.

“A significant number of residents will add further stress to Kings Langley’s already stretched roads, schools and doctor’s facilities.”

Despite the association’s opposition to the development, they want to stress that they are not opposed to brownfield development, but the number of flats in this development will put a strain on the village.

Gary said: “It is important to point out that the KL&DRA do not object to brownfield development and we have actively supported other brownfield development in our village.

“However, this smacks of greed and over-development and we believed TRDC should only permit a lesser number of flats to be built, more in keeping with the site’s, and the village’s, capacity for more homes and insist on 45 per cent of them being affordable.”

Three Rivers District Council declined to comment.

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