Potters Bar residents' rage over cul-de-sac plans near 'peaceful oasis'

PUBLISHED: 15:49 22 October 2016

Potters Bar resident Trevor Crawford

Potters Bar resident Trevor Crawford

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Plans to demolish a home in Potters Bar and build a new road through it have infuriated local residents.

Builders want to knock down a house in Ladbrooke Drive, develop a cul-de-sac through it towards Byng Drive, and construct four detached homes.

DLA Town Planning Ltd submitted the planning application last month, but Ladbrooke Drive resident Peta Simmons fears it could have a disastrous effect on the older community.

She said: “It will kill some of them because I think they will be housebound, frustrated, and suffer the fumes apart from anything.”

Her husband Norman added the idea “depressed” him, and said the development would be “out of character” with existing houses.

Roy and Val Franks, who live opposite the proposed road’s entrance, said people are “worried it’s taking their retirement home away,” while neighbour Janet Knode, 83, said developers would “take advantage” of the opportunity to develop more cul-de-sacs.

The plans involve a portion of neighbouring gardens, many of which are roughly 100ft long, being purchased and used for the construction.

Ladbrooke Drive resident Marcia Brimson told the Potters Bar Edition that if plans get the green light, it will make her want to move house.

“We live in this road because it’s a peaceful oasis, and with this planning it will set a precedent for other developments of this nature to happen.”

Trevor Crawford, 70, of Byng Drive, said trees that currently maintain his privacy and inhabit wildlife will be felled, and claimed existing drainage problems will be exacerbated.

“If they are going to do more work,” he said, “it means we are going to get even more water run off, and in the winter it gets icy and treacherous. The water actually flows out in to the road.”

However, an owner of an involved property said it is the thought of change that is agitating locals, but once it is complete, life will move on seamlessly.

“They need to take in to account the needs of people who are selling their grounds,” they added. “If they haven’t got the money and need it for their futures then I think it’s understandable for the sake of a short period of time.”

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