Crunch time for 600-home Cuffley Green Belt plan

PUBLISHED: 14:11 04 January 2017

Northaw & Cuffley Council Clark and Proper Officer Jason Grocock at the site of a proposed major housing estate.

Northaw & Cuffley Council Clark and Proper Officer Jason Grocock at the site of a proposed major housing estate.

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An apparently innocuous planning application could be waved through tomorrow, paving the way for massive destruction of Green Belt farmland, campaigners have warned.

Although critics of Magenta Planning’s long-standing project to build over 600 homes off Northaw Road East are optimistic it will be turned down by a borough council committee on Thursday, they are very concerned about another planning application due for decision immediately before.

Officials agree that the plan to cover 24 hectares, the size of 50 football pitches, with 493 houses and 114 “retirement units” is unacceptable, but they have raised no objections to an underground pipeline linking the area to an organic waste-recycling plant at Cattlegate Farm, half a mile away.

According to the Save Cuffley and Northaw Green Belt group: “It suggests that the council accept that development will happen in time, even though they claim not to support it.

“The bad news is they are approving the infrastructure that will give support to a subsequent appeal from the developers - and we know they will appeal.”

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