New homes plan ‘is a threat to Northaw and Cuffley’

PUBLISHED: 06:00 05 February 2014

Northaw & Cuffley Council Clark and Proper Officer Jason Grocock and Chairman Adrian Prest stand at the site of a proposed major housing estate

Northaw & Cuffley Council Clark and Proper Officer Jason Grocock and Chairman Adrian Prest stand at the site of a proposed major housing estate

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Plans to build a “self contained new village” of 630 homes represent a threat to both Northaw and Cuffley, a meeting has heard.

The site of a proposed major housing estate in Northaw and CuffleyThe site of a proposed major housing estate in Northaw and Cuffley

A council will hold its annual meeting over two days in response to the controversial plans, which critics say have neighbours “up in arms”.

Northaw & Cuffley Parish Council announced it will hold its annual meeting on March 21, with a duplicate meeting the following afternoon.

As previously reported by the WHT, Metropolis Planning and Design wants to build the huge development on Green Belt land between the two villages.

As well as the houses and flats, there are also plans for a retirement village, a school and new leisure centre, including a gym and swimming pool.

Speaking at the latest meeting on Tuesday, parish chairman Adrian Prest said: “Residents of the two villages are up in arms that this has been proposed, let alone the thought of it ever being approved.

“It would increase the population of Cuffley from 4,000 to 5,500, which is an increase of over 30 per cent.

“They are effectively proposing a new village.

“As well as the added burden on infrastructure it will bring, the proposed new development also does little to keep in line with current tradition in Cuffley.”

He continued: “Cuffley is a place people aspire to live in and don’t expect to buy their first house here.

“By building a vast amount of apartments and smaller houses that would change things.

“We don’t have any housing association here, would that also change?

“They are planning a new school when the school we have here is already under-occupied, and they are bringing in pupils from Cheshunt and Enfield.

“It is basically going to be a self contained new village which is a threat to both Northaw and Cuffley.”

And he warned: “If this proposal is given the go-ahead we are basically opening the floodgates for the rest of the Green Belt surrounding us.”

Both meetings will take place at Cuffley Hall, the first at 7.30pm on Friday, March 21 and the second at 2.30pm on Saturday, March 22.


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