Developer told not to change planning rules

TOWN councillors are demanding that planning conditions should not be changed on a property which has been on the market for more than 12 months. Developer Stephen Howard Homes has submitted a planning application to change a shop in Lower King Street, Ro

TOWN councillors are demanding that planning conditions should not be changed on a property which has been on the market for more than 12 months.

Developer Stephen Howard Homes has submitted a planning application to change a shop in Lower King Street, Royston, into living accommodation.

But when the development was carried out a condition imposed from North Herts District Council was that the property should be used as a shop.

Councillor Rod Kennedy said at a meeting of the town council's planning committee on Monday evening that there "cannot be a change of rules".


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He claimed the property had not been marketed properly from the time it was built as part of the Stamford Yard development.

"The developers are really trying it on, and I trust the district council will refuse," he said.

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He added that a change of use of the property would be "driving a coach and horses through planning conditions".

Councillor Robert Smith said he had "some sympathy" with the proposal and thought that a compromise may be to allow the building to be converted into an office.

A suggestion such as this may be considered by the district council.

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