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Public concern over Isopad House in Shenley Way
A new block of flats that will tower over Borehamwood had divided residents.
Hertsmere Borough Council last week granted planning permission for a 12-storey block of flats in Shenley Road.
Isopad House is the latest building to be given the go-ahead in the redevelopment of the Elstree Way Corridor.
Around 950 homes have now been approved as part of the regeneration scheme.
Members of the public have expressed concerns about the impact the new development, and others like it, will have on the infrastructure of the town.
Grandfather Alan Prigmore said he was worried about how services would cope with the extra homes.
He said: “What about the doctor’s surgeries and the schools? The village is already at a standstill, so how are they going to accommodate the extra hundreds of cars?”
Paul Welsh, who has lived in the town for 60 years, said: “My concern remains with the scale of development proposed for the Elstree Way corridor, creating a small town in the existing one, but as it is being done piecemeal, escaping the need to fulfil requirements for community facilities,”
However, a Hertsmere Council spokesman reassured residents the new development had been managed as part of the Elstree Way Corridor Area Action Plan.
She said: “We need to build more homes to help address local housing needs, and we have to find ways of addressing this.
“The action plan is a tool to manage and have some control over the inevitable development needed in Borehamwood to provide our increasing population with somewhere to live.”
The Isopad House development involves an agreement by the developer that allocates £267,480.50 to highway improvements including removing the roundabout connecting Isopad House, Civic Offices and Elstree Studios.
The agreement also allocates £127,470 to improving schools, youth facilities and libraries.
Vice chairman of the planning committee Cllr Martin Worster said: “The council is committed to regenerating the Elstree Way corridor, a major part of which is to provide homes for our ever increasing population.
“As part of any development we will continue to negotiate Section 106 agreements so that we can get the best possible deal for our existing and new communities.”
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