A planning application which planned to redevelop a Kings Langley farm was accepted by Dacorum Borough Council recently.
The application, from Angle Property, will see Rectory Farm, Gade Valley Close, be redeveloped into 55 homes consisting of 15 one and two bedroom apartments and 40 two, three and four bedroom houses.
The proposal outlines that 35 per cent of the homes will be affordable and will include sufficient parking provision to meet the needs of residents.
During the consultation period, some residents objected against the plans saying more houses would add to the major congestion problem the village suffers from.
One resident voiced this concern: “This village’s infrastructure is good on paper only. In all areas it is at breaking point or insufficient. This area of the borough is like the thin end of a funnel.
“Any increases in vehicles caused by developments north of this site e.g. Apsley would be affected. Building more housing in this small area can only exacerbate traffic problems.”
Kings Langley resident, Ann Martin, believes the removal of the farm will mean people will lose their jobs.
She said: “There are currently several small business on the Rectory Farm site and they will presumably be lost and local people will lose jobs.
“There is also a large barn which is rented to local community theatre companies for storage of costumes and furniture which is used when they stage shows in the village. The shows are a feature of village life and the entertainment available in the village. Loss of the storage facility will no doubt impact heavily on these groups.”
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