Residents are facing renewed fears over proposed plans to develop marshland and build warehouses in Maple Cross, after another application was received by Three Rivers District Council on 5 March 2021.
The new proposal, submitted by BCL (Maple Cross) is for comprehensive redevelopment to provide two warehouse units, comprising a total of 16,115 square metres.
Resident Lynella Huggett said: “I am definitely against this development. Too much traffic in and around Maple Cross school and Reach Free School and it will only get worse with these warehouses plus the nature reserve will suffer too.
“We have so much going on with HS2 major road works. M25 especially when there is an accident on the motorway. We want to keep our green belt land that we have left and our kids and us need to breathe fresh air instead of traffic fumes day in and day out.”
An initial application for the site was refused by the Local Planning Authority (LPA) in November 2019. BCL (Maple Cross) submitted an appeal that was considered at a virtual hearing between June 30 and July 3, 2020, and was once again rejected by Councillors.
Another resident Victoria Coleman told RickyNews: “The suggestion of these warehouses are an absolute disgrace, especially since we have buildings that are vacant and falling into a state of disrepair on what was supposed to be green belt land.
“It has to stop now before it is too late to reverse.”
Three Rivers District Council were contacted for comment.
Information on the newly submitted application can be found by searching 21/0573/FUL at www3.threerivers.gov.uk/online-applications/