Application for five houses refused in Lodge Avenue in Elstree

Councillors have refused to grant planning permission to a development residents see as “crowded and overbearing”.

Hertsmere Borough Council rejected an application to demolish a house in Lodge Avenue in Elstree and build a house on the site, and four further detached houses on the land behind.

Speaking during a meeting of the council’s planning committee on Thursday, planning officer Maria Demetri said the application had been recommended for refusal.

She said officers believed the distances between the houses and the boundaries were too small, that they would block windows of surrounding houses and did not reflect the pattern of existing cul-de-sacs. 

Resident Edward Gregory, who represented those opposing the development, said the plans would adversity impact the “amenity, light and privacy” of neighbouring properties.

He added: “This is an overdevelopment of the site, which damages the character of the area and will cause an increase the danger of road accidents.

“Adverse impacts on surrounding houses including a blockage of light on the north side, a replacement of views of verdant countryside with densely packed houses and a loss of privacy.”

He said the houses were 60 per cent smaller than those in Lodge Avenue, meaning developers were effectively squeezing in five houses where there was space for three.

Mr Gregory added the plans, which included a four way interchange with Lodge Avenue and Bishops Avenue, would exacerbate problems with traffic flow and increase the risk of accidents on a driving test route.

He said: “Allowing a squashed, alien development of this sort will harm the character of the area, will reduce or even destroy the amenities of properties and will aggravate traffic problems.”

Councillors unanimously voted to turn the application down.

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11:56pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Borehamwood John says...

If this development was in Borehamwood it would be passed no problem. I think one of the planning team must live near in Elstree!
If this development was in Borehamwood it would be passed no problem. I think one of the planning team must live near in Elstree! Borehamwood John
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2:31pm Wed 15 Jan 14

david Burcombe says...

If the proposal would be tightly packed and adverse to the area it is good the application was turned down
If the proposal would be tightly packed and adverse to the area it is good the application was turned down david Burcombe
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3:02pm Wed 15 Jan 14

deelennon says...

Borehamwood John wrote:
If this development was in Borehamwood it would be passed no problem. I think one of the planning team must live near in Elstree!
I totally agree john . Borehamwood seems to be the place to put as many flats, houses they can cram in -take a look at the new development which has been passed by hertsmere borough council - isopod house .
[quote][p][bold]Borehamwood John[/bold] wrote: If this development was in Borehamwood it would be passed no problem. I think one of the planning team must live near in Elstree![/p][/quote]I totally agree john . Borehamwood seems to be the place to put as many flats, houses they can cram in -take a look at the new development which has been passed by hertsmere borough council - isopod house . deelennon
  • Score: 4

6:14pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Unsullied says...

We have to find new housing from somewhere to house all our 'friends' from Central and Eastern Europe who now, thanks, to our Quisling political leaders are entitled to settle here and receive the same rights and entitlements as those whose families have lived here for generations.
We have to find new housing from somewhere to house all our 'friends' from Central and Eastern Europe who now, thanks, to our Quisling political leaders are entitled to settle here and receive the same rights and entitlements as those whose families have lived here for generations. Unsullied
  • Score: -1

10:22am Fri 17 Jan 14

Billy_Boy says...

Borehamwood John wrote:
If this development was in Borehamwood it would be passed no problem. I think one of the planning team must live near in Elstree!
Agreed totally!
[quote][p][bold]Borehamwood John[/bold] wrote: If this development was in Borehamwood it would be passed no problem. I think one of the planning team must live near in Elstree![/p][/quote]Agreed totally! Billy_Boy
  • Score: 1

10:28am Fri 17 Jan 14

Billy_Boy says...

Unsullied wrote:
We have to find new housing from somewhere to house all our 'friends' from Central and Eastern Europe who now, thanks, to our Quisling political leaders are entitled to settle here and receive the same rights and entitlements as those whose families have lived here for generations.
Correct! Just listening to the CE from Population Concern saying that the Uk (south east in particular) is the most densely populated in the world. People should remember this at the next election and vote UKIP they are the only party committed to restoring our borders and imposing proper immigration controls.
[quote][p][bold]Unsullied[/bold] wrote: We have to find new housing from somewhere to house all our 'friends' from Central and Eastern Europe who now, thanks, to our Quisling political leaders are entitled to settle here and receive the same rights and entitlements as those whose families have lived here for generations.[/p][/quote]Correct! Just listening to the CE from Population Concern saying that the Uk (south east in particular) is the most densely populated in the world. People should remember this at the next election and vote UKIP they are the only party committed to restoring our borders and imposing proper immigration controls. Billy_Boy
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