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HISTORY SAVED: Application to replace historic Abbots Langley house with new builds rejected

 Published on: 30th July 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Plans that would have seen a historic Abbots Langley property demolished and replaced with three new buildings have been rejected by the district council.

The house at 78 Gallows Hill Lane is considered to be a unique property, having been designed in the style of the Victorian Arts and Crafts movement.

Following a failed application to get the building listed, developers proposed demolishing the existing structure in favour of three two-storey houses. The plans were submitted in March.

However, on Monday, July 3, officers at Three Rivers District Council refused the application.

The decision notice reads: “The existing dwelling is considered to contribute positivity to the street scene given its architectural and local historical interest, and therefore has been identified during the planning application as a non-designated heritage asset.

“The proposed development would result in the existing dwelling’s total loss.”

Also cited as reasons for rejection were the uncharacteristic layout of the plans, its potential to be overbearing on neighbouring houses, inadequate access points for emergency and refuse vehicles, and the effect it may have on the area’s biodiversity.

During the application process, several neighbours living near the site expressed their opposition to the plans.

One stated: “Few properties of its type exist in the area and if it is demolished, we will lose part of our heritage. My children deserve the right to see properties like this, not just new builds.”

Applicants SLG Designs Ltd have been contacted for comment.

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1 Comment

  1. Valerie July 30th, 2023, 8:01 pm

    Common sense prevailed ?

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