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U-TURN: Controversial plans for Croxley Green apartments axed 

 Published on: 29th October 2019   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

Controversial plans to turn sheltered housing at Grove Court, Croxley Green, into affordable apartments have been scrapped after developers withdrew their planning application.

The plans would have seen a £10mlion investment in the site which would have seen the demolition of the existing building before 43 affordable homes were to be built.

It was withdrawn on October 15.

Those 43 homes would have been made up of 21 one-bedroom apartments and 22 two-bedroom apartments with parking, landscaping and bin and cycle storage.

It would have meant those currently living at the property would have to find new accommodation with the uncertainty causing concern for some.

Other locals living nearby also expressed their worries with dozens of objections made to Three Rivers District Council.

Those concerns centred on the wellbeing of existing residents at the sheltered accommodation, the amount of extra traffic and vehicles in Grove Court and the noise likely to be caused by so many homes in a concentrated area.

One resident from Manor Way said: “This would be a disaster for the local area as well as those at Grove Court.

“As well as parking and congestion issues it also raises serious questions about the impact on sunlight on some neighbouring properties as well as any impact on wildlife.”

Thrive Homes had previously described their plans as “ambitious”.

Jack Burnham, development director at Thrive Homes, has said: “Grove Court is in need of major improvement and we believe an ambitious £10million investment is the way forward. At the moment we are in the early stages of developing our plans.

“We appreciate and understand the disruption that this proposal will cause, however, our significant investment in Grove Court will maximise independence and quality of life for residents today and in the future.

“We hope that the council will work with us to provide these much improved and much needed homes for all in the area.”

Picture courtesy of Thrive Homes

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