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FARM FEARS: Community discusses impact of major development on Croxley’s future

 Published on: 6th January 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Debates surrounding the potential development at Killingdown Farm continue as concerns with the plans were raised at a recent council meeting.

At a Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) planning committee meeting on Thursday, December 19, councillors came together to discuss the controversial application which could see 160 dwellings built in the heart of Croxley.

This meeting coincides with continuing opposition from residents, raising concerns such as the impact on green spaces in the village, access to the site and the potential strain the development will place on village resources.

During the meeting there were several speakers, including planning consultant John Snow who spoke on behalf of residents to voice their concerns, such as the use of green belt land to north of the site as a flood attenuation pond.

Several councillors agreed such as TRDC councillor Peter Getkahn who said: “It is seen as a valuable piece of land for people to use for leisure. It seems to develop an era that doesn’t add anything to the development whatsoever.”

John added that major changes would need to be made to the application for it to be considered and said that: “Minor amendments to the scheme will not address these concerns and risk impact upon The Green, a valuable amenity space for residents.”

The detrimental impact the development could have on The Green was shared by Croxley Green Parish Council councillor Chris Mitchell, who discussed the strain the development could have on village resources.

He said: “There is a lack of infrastructure and the pressure on existing resources, there is no provision for health care, retail or recreation space.”

One main concern voiced by several councillors was access to the site which is set to be provided by Little Green Lane, a single-track road, which some argue is not suitable for the level of traffic the development will create.

TRDC councillor Sara Bedford said: “I am quite astounded that this has even been thought by Highways to be a reasonable way of having this many vehicles going in and out of a site.”

Glyn Mutton, spoke on behalf of Hill who are the applicants discussed how the site will provide a range of affordable homes and “the scheme presented shows a real commitment to providing high quality homes within a diverse landscape.”

A decision on the application will be decided at the relevant planning committee meeting.

Would you like to share your view on the potential development? Email newshub@mynewsmag.co.uk

Picture credit Hoss Photography

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