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Residents successfully protest against plans to demolish garden centre

 Published on: 20th December 2018   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents have successfully protested against plans to demolish the Chipperfield Garden Centre on Chapel Croft. 

Over 100 people objected to the council’s plans to construct 17 houses on the land which also includes a retail shop, post office and parish store room. 

The council rejected the plans at a planning meeting on Wednesday, December 13. 

The new plans included one bed flats, two to five bed houses and a new post office. In total 131 residents have opposed to the plans on the planning application page. 

One resident said: “I have already voiced my concerns regarding the busy road chapel croft has become. Please do consider the impact on our roads in Chipperfield. Any development needs to incorporate traffic calming measures in Chapel Croft, The Street, Tower Hill and Kings Lane. 

“First there will be the extra vehicles involved with the building, then the impact of the extra number of vehicles the development will produce, after construction. Too many buildings on one site. Prune the amount of dwellings and introduce traffic calming measures throughout Chipperfield.”

Another resident said: “I believe that the development is too large for the site. The number of units should be reduced and the idea of flats abutting the road is unacceptable. Furthermore the allocation of parking facilities is grossly insufficient. This site is in the heart of the village and involves the rebuilding of the Post Office and general store as well. 

“From what I can understand this will be devalued in the new development with limited parking. The Post Office and general store are currently the hub of a thriving village and should continue to fulfill this important role in the village.”

To read the plan in full visit using reference number 4/02249/18/MFA

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