Plans for a new retirement village in Bushey Heath have been met with a storm of opposition, with some residents fearing the impending “nightmare commute”.
An environmental impact assessment scoping application has been made to Hertsmere Borough Council for land which falls on land south of Elstree Road and east of Heathbourne Road.
The scoping report made a number of assumptions about what development may take place in the future, including the building of residential dwellings, with the report considering up to 1,100 homes, amenities such as healthcare, shops and leisure facilities and areas of open space.
The developers state: “The proposed development will reclaim a former landfill site, where the land is of poor/very poor agricultural land quality.
“The vision is to establish an exemplar, high quality, intergenerational continuing care, retirement community with a mix of community uses.”
As of December 4, the application had received 81 public comments, of which 80 objected to the plans.
Resident Linda Rauch told Bushey News: “An outrageous development the size of which this council will never have dealt with before. It will affect the majority of Bushey residents as it will add significant traffic to the main thoroughfare in Bushey, wipe out a large section of wildlife habitat and change the look of that part of Bushey completely.
“There are an excess of elderly homes in this area. We do not need another one!”
Local resident Anika Patel has launched a new Facebook group in opposition, which can be found by searching ‘Hertsmere: Fasten Your Green Belts!’.