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CEDAR HOUSE: Appeal heard regarding plans for 18 apartments on Northwood care home site

 Published on: 26th May 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

An appeal has been lodged regarding previously rejected plans to demolish a Northwood care home in favour of 18 new apartments.

The proposals to build new homes on the site of Cedar House on Sandy Lane, located opposite Northwood Headquarters, were rejected by Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) in August of last year.

The council objected to the scale and design of the development, as well as other issues involving privacy, lack of affordable housing, and road access.

Now, the applicant, Ms Sariah Eagle, has taken an appeal against this decision to the Planning Inspectorate, the UK government’s independent agency which looks at appeals against rejected planning applications.

This is not the first proposal for the Cedar House site; TRDC rejected two previous applications over similar concerns.

An objection on the application’s initial decision process reads: “The current proposal does not address the reasons for refusal of the previous proposals and represents a minor tinkering to the design presented in previous proposals.”

A decision date has not yet been set.

A TRDC spokesperson said: “The council is aware of the planning appeal and will make the necessary representations in due course.”

Alex Bateman, director of planning at Mohsin Cooper, the agents for the development, stated: “It has been very helpful to have continued engagement with the Local Authority, as the proposals move through the appeal process. A revised planning application is progressing to determination, which has been amended in accordance with extensive discussions with Planning Officers.

“At the present time, Three Rivers is in desperate need of housing, and the proposed flatted development would be positioned between two approved flatted schemes. In our opinion, the appeal scheme successfully balances the site’s constraints and opportunities, and we look forward to receiving the appeal decision in due course.”

Photo credit: RIBA

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