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HART BEAT: Bushey campaign group ‘delighted’ as developer’s appeal is dismissed

 Published on: 21st August 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

An appeal to reconsider the controversial plans for hundreds of new homes on the green belt in Bushey has been dismissed after years of resident opposition.

Redrow’s proposal for a development of 310 homes at Harts Farm, with land reserved for a new school and community facilities, received more than 3,300 objections on the Hertsmere planning portal.

The application was rejected by Hertsmere Borough Council (HBC) in February, and Redrow subsequently submitted an appeal.

The appeal was heard across the last couple of months, before being dismissed on July 20.

Leading the opposition to the development since 2018 has been the Little Bushey Community (LBC), a non-party political organisation set up to protect the green belt and local wildlife.

One of the key points of concern was the potential of increased traffic. LBC estimated the development would generate 1,200 extra cars on the “already congested Little Bushey Lane”.

LBC communications consultant Nik Oakley said: “The five-year campaign has been worth it to protect this rural piece of Bushey.

“LBC are delighted with the outcome of the planning appeal, which reinforces our belief that the development would be harmful to the green belt.”

Bushey Park councillor Maxie Allen said: “This is a momentous victory for the thousands of Bushey residents who campaigned so tirelessly to stop this monstrous development.

“It is conceivably possible that Redrow could apply again in future with a smaller plan, but if so, we will fight them tooth and nail.

“For now, we should celebrate a landmark ruling which sends out a resounding message: hands off our green belt.”

Matt Parry, planning director for Redrow South Midlands, said: “We’re naturally disappointed with the appeal decision and not to be bringing new homes to Bushey at this time. We will review our plans in line with the feedback, and will consider other options.”

HBC has been contacted for comment.

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