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‘OVERCROWDED’: Residents voice concerns over plans for 59 new homes in Bovingdon

 Published on: 20th November 2023   |   By: Amy Pollard   |   Category: Uncategorized

More than 100 residents have voiced their concerns over plans for 59 new homes at Grange Farm in Green Lane, Bovingdon.

Developers have submitted plans for 35 one-bedroom homes and 24 two-bedroom homes to Dacorum Borough Council (DBC).

A total of 114 objections have been made to DBC, with only five supporting the plans.

Concerns include overcrowding in the village and increased pressure on the local road network.

One resident said: “The High Street is already overcrowded and impossible for two vehicles to pass along the whole street, causing a backlog of traffic and delays.

“The more traffic that is created, the more idling cars, the more pollution. We will not have a village that is environmentally friendly.”

Another added: “Bovingdon’s infrastructure can barely cope with its current population; the school has insufficient places and GP services are under pressure. This proposed large development would massively exacerbate these problems.”

In addition to the 59 homes, the developer has also submitted an outline planning application for up to 129 dwellings, a Scout hut, community orchard, gardens and green space.

A spokesperson for construction company Taylor Wimpey said: “The site was subject to significant public consultation during the Bovingdon Neighbourhood Plan process in 2019.

“We have carried out further consultation with residents and stakeholders which resulted in the refinement of the planning application, which has now been submitted.

“We are confident that our proposals will deliver a range of benefits for the local community.”

The application can be viewed on DBC’s planning portal by searching ‘23/02034/MFA’.

Photo credit: Grange Farm

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