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Petition triggers public meeting on construction of Isopad House in Borehamwood
Protesters objecting to an "overpowering" 12-storey tower block they fear will "destroy" the town will have the chance to air their views at a public meeting.
The meeting has been triggered after a petition opposing the construction of Isopad House in Shenley Road in Borehamwood received more than 750 signatures.
Hertsmere Borough Council last month approved the demolition of the existing Isopad House and Hertsmere House.
But many residents believe they were not properly consulted about the plans, claiming they were unaware of them until after they were approved.
They fear the development will “destroy” Borehamwood, saying it is out of keeping with the rest of the town and will put an “unbearable" strain on its roads and services.
Andrew Lewis, who lives in Hillside Ward, went down to Hertsmere Civic Offices this morning to present the document.
He said: “It’s fantastic to be given the chance to express our views in public.
“I’ve been told the public meeting will be in the next two weeks and that all the major players in the decision will be there.
“I’d like everyone who cares about the town to come to the meeting and have their say about its future.
“We received 792 signatures in just two weeks, which means the council has had to take notice of us.
“I’d like to thank everyone who signed and urge them to keep signing – if we get 1,500 signatures it will trigger a full council debate.”
He added that although it would be a “miracle” if the decision on Isopad House was reversed, the petition and public meeting would set a precedent.
Mr Lewis said: “We’ve got the council’s attention now.
“This shows the power of Facebook and word of mouth – hopefully we can get the council to use social media to consult residents about planning projects like this, rather than posting them on a lamp post.”
Tina Hill, who lives in Eldon Avenue, will be directly overlooked by the “12-storey monstrosity” yet says she was not consulted about it.
She has signed the petition and is canvassing residents in her street to find out their views on the development.
She said: “I can’t say how upset I am by the decision to approve this monstrosity. I’m furious I wasn’t consulted as it overlooks my garden.
“It’s a done deal, it’s happening and we can do nothing about it except make a lot of noise now.”
Hertsmere Council’s democratic services manager Paul Hughes received the petition.
He said: “This is the first such petition of this kind we’ve had in my time in the job.
“Isopad House has been approved and it will go ahead unless some technical irregularity can be found in the process.
“However, we’re holding this meeting to open a public discourse with the residents so the council is aware of their points of view on future developments.”
Councillor Harvey Cohen, who is responsible for planning and localism, said he was glad the meeting was going to be held, adding he too had concerns about the lack of infrastructure associated with the development.
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