Kings Langley and District Residents’ Association (KLDRA) chairman Gary Ansell provides an update on the continuing green belt development fight.
“The next step following the Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation is the publication of the Pre-Submission version of the plan due to happen in April. At this stage further comment can be made.
“If Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) has heeded the many objections from Kings Langley residents and the objections set out in residents’ association’s professional response, then the four green belt sites in and around Kings Langley should be removed as options from the plan. If any remain, then we will need to take the fight further.
“The KLDRA set a fundraising target of £10,000 and we’ve had a fantastic reaction from the village and the Kings Langley Parish Council, who donated £1,000 to the cause. We are currently £1,180 short of our target but we have covered all of our professional fees to date so the residual money we have will be used to fight the next stage.
“In the meantime, KLDRA has written to DBC asking for a meeting to discuss the matters raised in our representation. This has resulted in a standard non-committal email response from DBC so we want to get together with councillors Bob McLean and Alan Anderson, who are Kings Langley parish councillors and DBC councillors, to help facilitate some answers from DBC.
“We also want to meet with Herts county councillor Richard Roberts and ask where he stands on Wayside Farm being included in the plan as an option when it is owned by Herts County Council and they have the option not to sell it for development and leave it as it is – a successful working farm and a valuable local amenity.
“The residents’ association will be publishing a newsletter to keep Kings Langley residents informed of what’s happening as the process moves forward.”