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Hertsmere Borough Council sets date for public meeting on development in Borehamwood
Protesters objecting to an "overpowering" 12-storey tower block they fear will "destroy" the town will air their views at a public meeting later this month.
Hertsmere Borough Council has announced it will be holding a public meeting on October 30 in the Civic Offices in Shenley Road in Borehamwood.
The meeting will be an opportunity for members of the public to voice their concerns about development in Borehamwood and the way they are consulted during the planning process.
It will also raise awareness of the Elstree Way Corridor Area Action Plan, which is designed to create more than 800 homes and provide an economic boost to the region.
The meeting was triggered by a petition opposing the construction of Isopad House in Shenley Road in Borehamwood, which received more than 750 signatures.
Hertsmere Council last month approved the demolition of the existing Isopad House and Hertsmere House.
Many residents feel they were not properly consulted about the plans, claiming they were unaware of them until after they were approved.
They fear the development, and others like it, 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.
Cllr Dr Harvey Cohen, who is responsible for planning, said: “We are aware that local residents have concerns about development pressures in Borehamwood and we hope this meeting will help address those concerns.”
“Planning is a legal process and fairly complicated but we want to make it as easy as possible for residents to get involved and have their say.
“Although our consultation for the recently approved Isopad House went above and beyond our statutory responsibility, we are aware that there may be changes we can make to improve the process.”
Two separate public meetings will take place, the first from 5.30pm to 7pm and the second from 8pm to 9.30pm.
If you want to attend you will need to register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 8207 7527.
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