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Development may start sooner than expected

 Published on: 11th May 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

At the Kings Langley Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting held on April 12, Dacorum borough councillors Bob McLean and Alan Anderson stated in their report:

“It has emerged that the owner of one of the four (green belt) sites at Rectory Farm may be preparing a planning application for the development of 120 dwellings, to try to bypass strategic planning and strong-arm their way through the planning process.”

There is no way the developer can fit 120 dwellings on the existing brownfield area of the site, therefore, if such a development goes ahead, Kings Langley will lose some of the green belt that defines the character of our village. The residents’ association is against any building on green belt land and will object to any proposals that endanger it.

As soon as we have firm details on the proposed development, we will publicise them so that villagers can make their feelings known by objecting as well.

Some of the members of the residents’ association committee met recently with Hertfordshire county councillor Richard Roberts to get his thoughts on green belt development. We were encouraged to hear of his concerns regarding development in Hertfordshire and in particular, Kings Langley.

Like us, he recognised there was a danger that the village could be swamped by development. Regarding Wayside Farm, which is owned by Herts County Council, the indications are that if Dacorum Borough Council does not put the site forward in the next stage of its draft Local Plan, then it will not get developed. Therefore, we need to keep the pressure on Dacorum Borough Council to drop this and the other three sites from their plan.

Lastly, a plea for help. Whilst we pulled together a range of people with superb and varied skills, we have lost some due to other commitments. If you feel you have something to offer – and the time to do it – please get in touch through our website

Picture courtesy of Angela Scott

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