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DERELICT DEVELOPMENT: Plans proposed on site of Kings Langley fraudster’s former home

 Published on: 16th May 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A new development could be built in Kings Langley on land formerly owned by a local fraudster.

The area, known as South Bend, sits opposite the village’s train station and is currently the site of a derelict house.

The house was once owned by Edward Putman, who was jailed after forging a fake lottery ticket to claim a multi-million-pound jackpot.

In April last year, the land was seized from Putman under the Proceeds of Crime Act and was then auctioned off to bidders in October.

South Bend was snapped up by Uxbridge-based ar18, a manufacturer of high-end furniture. Having spent 20 years at their current site, ar18 were suddenly hit with a need for a new home after their lease wasn’t renewed in 2022.

The company is hoping to build a two-level workshop on the land, with part of the lower level sunk into the site to reduce visibility issues. Surveys began in April to assess the environmental impact of the plans.

Antony Cockerell, director of ar18, said: “We take the views of local residents seriously, and we understand the concerns that any new development can cause.

“We’re open to hearing the views of everyone in the Kings Langley and Abbots Langley areas on how we can make this the best proposal it can be.”

For further details and to have your say about the plans, please visit their dedicated website.

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