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SCRAPPED: Planning application to demolish former Kings Langley village hall withdrawn

 Published on: 26th April 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Plans to demolish a derelict village hall and replace it with housing have been withdrawn by the applicants.

Developers Abbots 381 Ltd put forward proposals in February last year to demolish numbers 32 and 34 on Waterside in favour of building three new terraced houses.

While both of the existing buildings had previously been used for commercial purposes, the latter building had originally been constructed in 1932 as a community hall for Kings Langley residents. It has been used as a factory and workshop for the majority of its recent existence.

The plans also included an extension to the neighbouring Moat Cottage, a Grade II listed building, and associated landscaping works. Most of the alterations to the cottage concerned an existing extension built in the 1970s.

However, on, April 15, 2024, the application was abruptly withdrawn after the developers were informed by Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) that the plans would likely be recommended for refusal.

DBC gave several reasons for the potential rejection. These included the lack of a flood risk assessment, possible visual intrusion caused by the build, protection of the buffer zone between the site and the nearby Grand Union Canal, and other issues relating to the Kings Langley Neighbourhood Plan.

It is currently unknown whether the developers will put forward a new application once the issues raised by the council have been addressed.

The agents for the applicants, StudioCBD, have been contacted for comment.

DBC declined to comment.

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