Blocking Potters Bar flats plan is a 'Nonsense'

THE decision to throw out plans to build a three-storey block of flats in Potters Bar has been branded a 'nonsense'. Dudrich Holdings submitted a planning application to Hertsmere Borough Council in December to build 10 flats at 163-167 High Street, the f

THE decision to throw out plans to build a three-storey block of flats in Potters Bar has been branded a "nonsense".

Dudrich Holdings submitted a planning application to Hertsmere Borough Council in December to build 10 flats at 163-167 High Street, the former site of Oakmere Cars.

Seventeen neighbours, including residents of High Street and Oakmere Lane, objected to the development, which would also feature a roof terrace and parking for eight cars, two motorcycles and 12 bicycles. And at the authority's latest meeting of the Potters Bar and Shenley planning committee, councillors rejected the developer's proposals.

A report drafted by council officers recommended members refuse the application "for reasons of impact upon the street scene and character of the street".


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It also expressed concerns at the lack of parking facilities and amenity space, as well as loss of privacy due to overlooking.

The Potters Bar Society was among those which objected to the plans.

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Arnold Davey, for the organisation's town group, said he was "pleased" by the planning committee's decision.

"It is an incredibly dense development," he said. It would be too overcrowded and there is no amenity space of any kind.

"There is also the issue of overlooking."

He added: "I think the developer will now go away and come back with something more reasonable."

But Roger Dudding, owner of Dudrich Holdings, described the council's ruling as "the usual local authority cop out" and said he would appeal after he had "studied the situation".

He said: "It is a nonsense in as much as local authorities and central government are banging on about the regeneration of brownfield sites.

"Here is a prime example of a brownfield site that is no longer fit for purpose.

"The decision flies in the face of common sense."

A council spokeswoman said: "We welcome the redevelopment of brownfield sites, in particular for additional housing.

"It is unfortunate this scheme was overly intrusive to neighbours, among other issues, and went against our planning guidelines."

She added: "We are happy to work with the developer towards a scheme which is acceptable.

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