Have your say on Potters Bar conservation area plan

PUBLISHED: 09:32 30 October 2011

The Avenue, Potters Bar

The Avenue, Potters Bar

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PLANS to preserve an area of Potters Bar land where a huge new housing estate has been mooted will be put to the public next week.

Council chiefs are considering turning Darkes Lane (West), an area which incorporates the golf course, into a conservation area.

As previously reported by the Potters Bar Edition, residents in The Avenue, Manor Way, Heath Drive and Mountway – which is the area under consideration to become a conservation area – were concerned over rumours that property developers wanted to build on the golf course.

That idea would be all-but-quashed if proposals by Hertsmere Borough Council to preserve the area go ahead with the backing of residents.

Cllr Charles Goldstein, planning and performance portfolio holder, said: “Darkes Lane (West) has the potential to remain an attractive and well-preserved area, but there is always room for improvement and we feel we can achieve this by designating the area as a conservation area, and in the future reviewing the way it is managed.

“This means there would be tighter controls over what can happen in the area in terms of building, construction, the general look and feel and alterations to existing premises.”

Rules governing conservation areas would mean restrictions on the types of development on houses that could take place, while trees would get additional protection and the council would need to be advised of any works to them.

John Morgan, who has lived in Manor Way for 25 years, told the Potters Bar Edition: “Development plans have been mooted on the golf course and a lot of people in the area are worried.

“Although the two subjects of the golf course and the conservation area shouldn’t be confused, nobody wants the golf course to be built on so if this is a way of protecting it then I’m 100 per cent for it.

“The area is a very, very nice area and if someone comes along and says they want to preserve it then why not?

“The quicker they can do it the better.”

Some residents, however, have voiced concerns the move would restrict the type of extension work they would be able to carry out on their property.

Consultation documents are available at the Wyllyotts Centre as the council aims to get the views of residents.

Council officers will also be at the United Reformed Church, in Darkes Lane, on Tuesday from 3pm to 8pm and next Saturday, November 5, from 9am to 4pm.

A decision is expected to be made by the council in early 2012.


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