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FLOOD RISK: Application to convert vicarage on historical Rickmansworth site into flats withdrawn

 Published on: 23rd July 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

An application to build flats on a site of historical value in Rickmansworth has been withdrawn.

As reported on in the April issue of Rickmansworth News, Cairnpark Properties Ltd submitted a planning application to demolish the vicarage on Church Street and install a three-story building comprising two-bedroom flats with balconies.

The site of the modern vicarage once formed part of the garden of the Grade II listed timber-framed Old Vicarage, which dates back to the 15th century.

A prior application was withdrawn in September 2022 due to flooding concerns.

The Environment Agency announced that the rehearsed application still hadn’t addressed the issue effectively, stating that it failed to demonstrate that the “development will be safe for its lifetime taking the vulnerability of its users, without increasing flood risk elsewhere”.

Their report stated: “We maintain our objection to the proposed development. We are objecting due to the absence of an acceptable Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) and recommend that planning permission is refused.”

Two days later, on July 7, the application was withdrawn for a second time.

Cairnpark Properties Ltd have been contacted for comment.

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