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KNOCKED DOWN: Former family-run service station in Rickmansworth to be demolished for housing

 Published on: 28th July 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A service station which served the community for more than 50 years is to be turned into housing, after Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) gave the plans the green light.

Rickmansworth Service Station on Victoria Close opened in 1970. The latest owners, Sharon and Joseph Lewin, retired in July 2022, having held the keys to the business for 38 years.

The site was then acquired by Bugler Homes, who applied to demolish the existing buildings and construct four two-storey semi-detached dwellings.

After TRDC approved the plans, a spokesperson for Bugler Homes said: “Our plans involve regenerating this brownfield site into four new family homes. They will form of two pairs of semi-detached town houses, with a contemporary design which remains cognisant of the character of existing local homes.

“We are looking forward to delivering this development, which will provide desirable family homes close to Rickmansworth town centre.”

The TRDC officer’s report, released on July 6, supported the development, stating: “Evidence shows that the need for affordable housing in Three Rivers is great and the contribution that small sites have made has been significant.

“The affordability of housing in Three Rivers is deteriorating year on year and the need for affordable housing is growing. As such, proposals for the residential development of sites of 10 dwellings or less will currently be expected to contribute towards the provision of affordable housing.”

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