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DECISION DELAYED: Decision on controversial warehouses in Maple Cross deferred

 Published on: 23rd October 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

Three Rivers residents will have to wait longer to hear the outcome of a controversial planning application for the development of two warehouses in Maple Cross, following a planning committee meeting yesterday (Thursday, October 21).

The planning inspector had recommended the approval of the application, which was first submitted in 2019 and resubmitted in March this year, for the “Comprehensive redevelopment to provide two warehouse units comprising a total of 16,115 square metres.”

At the meeting it was announced that an independent consultation will now take place, and a decision on the development will be deferred until councilors can examine the independent review.

A spokesperson for Three Rivers District Council told MyLocalNews: “The application was deferred by Members at last night’s meeting. The minutes of the meeting have not yet been completed and will not be agreed for a couple of weeks. We will be able to comment further in due course.”

The topic has been highly contested since the initial application, with residents forming strong opinions on the development. Ahead of the meeting, Three Rivers District Council’s four political group leaders issued a joint statement.

They said: “The strength of public feeling on the Maple Cross planning application is loud and clear and to be welcomed. But there is a right and healthy way to debate and express strongly held views and a wrong way.

“The increasing level of threats, aggression and intimidation faced on a daily basis, both by local councillors and officers of this council, is unacceptable and there can be no justifiable excuse for it whatsoever. Please treat others as you would yourself wish to be treated – with respect and tolerance.”

To view the application, search 21/0573/FUL on the Three Rivers District Council planning portal.

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