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REJECTED: Planning committee refuses application for six-storey flats in Kings Langley

 Published on: 27th April 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A planning application for new homes in Kings Langley, which was opposed by residents, has been rejected.

At a Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) Planning Committee meeting on April 20, members of the Kings Langley & District Residents’ Association (KL&DRA) spoke in opposition to the application.

The plans proposed to add an additional two storeys to a previously approved application for a four-storey block of flats on the Alpine Press site on Station Road, next to Kings Langley Station.

KL&DRA chair Gary Ansell said: “We did not object to the four-storey application, but the increase to six storeys is unacceptable. The bulk and scale would be overwhelming and out of character for our village, especially as the site sits higher up the side of the Gade Valley than, for example, the new Millworks building near the canal.”

The Planning Committee agreed with KL&DRA’s concerns and refused the application.

Gary added: “Although this was a great result, the applicant is highly likely to appeal and the final decision will rest with a Planning Inspector. We hope if it comes to that, the Inspector will also consider our comments favourably.”

A spokesperson for TRDC said: “Members of the Planning Committee exercised their planning judgement based on the merits of the application and came to a different conclusion to the case officer. In summary, members felt the proposed height of the building given its elevated positioning and location would be visually prominent and would have an unacceptable impact on the street scene.”

Developers Wakelin Associates have been contacted for comment.

Further along Station Road, an application for the conversion of Shannon House has been allowed to go ahead under national permitted development rights. TRDC refused the application due to a lack of parking allocation, but this decision was overturned on appeal.

Photo Credit: Wakelin Associates

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