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CANALSIDE CONVERSION: Developers submit application to build 95 flats by Batchworth Lock Centre

 Published on: 25th June 2024   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

Developers have applied to demolish a singular house and construct 95 affordable flats on green belt land in Rickmansworth near the Batchworth Lock Centre.

Drawings submitted to Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) show the flats spread across two four-storey buildings with road access provided via a bridge from Church Wharf. The plans, submitted by Sheffield-based developers Urbana town Planning, also include 16 parking spaces.

Since the application was submitted on May 20, dozens of residents have publicly objected to the development citing damage to green belt land and the site’s location on a flood plain.

Many commented that the site, which sits between the two locks convening at the Batchworth Lock Centre, is known to flood.

Despite the site’s proximity to the Batchworth Lock Centre, the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust were not approached for comment. Nor was Café@Lock82 – which would presumably be demolished to make way for the development – contacted in advance.

However, in a documented submitted to the council, developers argue that Rickmansworth needs more affordable housing and that “no viable alternate sites are available in areas of lower flood risk”.

To view the full application, type 24/0803/OUT into the TRDC planning portal.

Photo Credit: Google Maps (edited)

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