Hatfield residents: ‘Parking is already impossible round here’

The homes opposite the Hillcrest resident's homes. Picture: Tracy Mitcham.

The homes opposite the Hillcrest resident's homes. Picture: Tracy Mitcham.

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Hatfield residents are up in arms at the prospect losing valuable parking spaces as new homes are built.

Welwyn Hatfield Council granted permission for eight two-bedroom homes and 19 associated off-street parking spaces following the demolition of 78 garages in Hillcrest back in March 2016.

Residents objected to the plans, put forward by site owner WGC Housing Association, as they felt the new homes would overlook their gardens, block out light and exacerbate parking issues.

Hatfield Town Council also objected on the grounds that the area was already “burdened by parking problems”.

Two years on and the new homes are nearly finished.

Welwyn Hatfield Council justified its approval of the plans as the homes are part of its wider Affordable Housing Programme and are built on a site that had been vacant for many years and was attracting persistent flytipping and antisocial behaviour.

Tracy Mitcham, 53, who has owned her Hillcrest home for 15, was told by her estate agent that the new homes overlooking her garden will lower its value.

She said: “It has been a complete nightmare and has ruined my view and any chance of selling.”

On August 10, Parrot Construction (hired by WGC Housing Association), sent out a letter to residents to inform them that they were “required” to put down double yellow lines in Hillcrest.

The letter states that permission for the work had been given by Hertfordshire County Council, however, an HCC spokesman said: “The recent consultation regarding the proposed Traffic Regulation Order in Hillcrest has been stopped due to what we consider to be a breach in the consultation process.

“We are reviewing the situation and will decide whether or not to carry out another consultation in due course.”

Sacha Bedford, 48, who owns her home in Hillcrest, said: “These double yellow line proposals are detrimental to the amenity of residents. We strongly object to them and request that they are dropped.

“Parking is already impossible around here and also affects all the surrounding streets.”

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