Protest over plan for new housing

PUBLISHED: 12:39 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009

The Elms Health Clinic, empty since late 2006

The Elms Health Clinic, empty since late 2006

MORE houses and flats are set to be built in front of a town s permanent library. Empty since late 2006, the Elms Health Clinic on Potters Bar High Street may soon be demolished to make way for five flats and two houses. Hertsmere Primary Care Trust will

MORE houses and flats are set to be built in front of a town's permanent library.

Empty since late 2006, the Elms Health Clinic on Potters Bar High Street may soon be demolished to make way for five flats and two houses.

Hertsmere Primary Care Trust will be seeking provisional planning permission for its proposal at a meeting tomorrow (Thursday).

But members of the Potters Bar Society are against the proposals because they say it will make "the library invisible from the High Street".

The Cranborne library in the town was closed in September 2006, leaving only one.

Society members are worried that the demolition of the clinic will cause further problems for the already beleaguered community hospital, also run by the PCT.

Services previously at the Elms Health Clinic have been transferred over to the community hospital.

A PCT spokeswoman said: "The health centre has been empty since before the PCTs in Hertfordshire merged.

"We want to dispose of the building because it's costing money and is surplus to requirements."

The PCT hopes to sell the land to a developer and invest the money made back into the health service, she added.

A spokeswoman for Hertsmere Borough Council stressed that this was only outline permission.

Any impact for the library will be taken into consideration when full permission is sought, she said.

The plans for five flats, two houses and 11 parking spaces could change at full planning permission level.

But the outline permission makes it easier for the developers to seek full permission at a later stage.

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