A resident has raised concerns that ancient trees are being felled in Bushey.
Muhammed Shaan was walking near Lincoln Field, at the bottom of Bushey Hall Drive where he discovered trees were being cut down.
He said: “Tree cutting started around four weeks ago. I had heard that some houses are going to be built so I thought they were thinning out some of the trees.”
“I thought it was just a green belt, the problem is some of the trees were specimen trees between 150 and 200 years old?”
“It just makes me sad to see all these old trees cut down as they can’t be replaced.”
Planning permission was submitted in August 2018 to build 55 residential dwellings as well as improve the existing roads and was approved by Hertsmere Borough Council’s planning committee in February this year.
Existing disused building will be knocked down.
Plans will include an apartment block, two, three and four-bed houses, improvements to the existing internal roads, associated vehicular parking, watercourse enhancement, refuse and amenity provision and landscaped areas.
In a statement by CSA Environmental they said there is no laws protecting trees in the area.
It reads: “The site comprises an irregular shaped piece of land, the majority of which is covered by woodland and overgrown vegetation.”
“There are no statutory designations for landscape character or quality covering the site, although it does lie within the Watling Chase Community Forest Area. The Site also lies wholly within the green belt.”
“The site is in private ownership and not publicly accessible. Although it comprises predominantly woodland, the Site has become neglected with much of the vegetation now overgrown and covering the buildings (some of which are derelict) which occupy the site.”