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BIG PLANS: Fears for Bushey’s future as land prepared for new development

 Published on: 16th February 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents fear for the future of Bushey Heath after learning about a proposed new development.

One resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, says they love the town’s “open space and wildlife”.

They said: “The protection of these valuable open spaces and landscape up until now, are why me and many others have remained in Bushey.”

Now, they fear this could all disappear. Last summer, the resident says, a number of trees included under a Tree Protection Order (TPO) were felled.

This is believed to be because a landowner and developer is looking to build a new development, called Heathbourne Green, on green belt land at Elstree Road. The felling has allegedly been done in preparation for an application for planning permission and building within the woodland.

The resident said: “The proposed development would see an increase of 2,500 residents upwards, which would mean congestion on two major roads that are already operating at full capacity.”

In an attempt to fight the plans, residents have reformed Bushey Heath Residents’ Association.

The landowner who is also the developer behind the plans is Paavan Popat, son of Baron Dolar Popat and CEO of TLC Care, a company which runs a string of luxury care homes.

The Heathbourne Green website, which lists TLC as one of its “core team”, states: “We aim to create a sustainable and connected community in Hertsmere that embodies the principles of ageing well.

“Our vision is for an age-friendly extension to Bushey Heath that will better support Hertsmere in meeting the needs of an ageing population.”

TLC Care has been contacted for comment.

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