Gladman revises application for homes near Therfield Heath

PUBLISHED: 14:23 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:23 01 October 2018

The Gladman proposed development site from the southern end looking north towards Echo Hill in Royston. Picture: David Hatton

The Gladman proposed development site from the southern end looking north towards Echo Hill in Royston. Picture: David Hatton

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Campaigners fighting against proposals to build more than 100 homes near Therfield Heath have slammed the latest amendments to the planning application.

Royston Says No to Gladman have been campaigning to stop the proposal going through. Picture: Royston Says No to GladmanRoyston Says No to Gladman have been campaigning to stop the proposal going through. Picture: Royston Says No to Gladman

The application by Gladman to North Hertfordshire District Council is for a development to be built on land south of Echo Hill and to the east of Briary Lane in Royston.

It is now for 107 dwellings instead of 120 – and includes public open space, landscaping, a drainage system, and a vehicular access point from Briary Lane.

The Briary Lane access route is near land where the Planning Inspectorate denied approval for eight homes this year, and a car park used by users of that land and Therfield Heath.

Royston Says No To Gladman campaigner Clare Swarbrick said: “New proposals remove the much-used car park that gives access to the heath and suggests going against the recommendations of the Planning Inspectorate in a public inquiry.

“This revised application shows no meaningful regard to the almost 250 objections from the public, as well as concerns from statutory bodies about lack of school places, traffic concerns and in some areas has made the impact on the neighbourhood worse.

“We are urging residents to once again make their voices heard by objecting to the amendments to this speculative and unwanted development.”

The deadline for comments is Thursday, October 11. To see the application, including amendments, and to submit your views, go to pa2.north-herts.gov.uk/online-applications/ and use reference number 18/00747/OP.

For more about the campaign go to www.roystonsaysnotogladman.co.uk.

The application is on the agenda at this evening’s meeting of Royston Town Council’s planning committee, which starts at 7.30pm in Room 11 of Royston Town Hall.

Gladman has previously told the Crow it would not be commenting on the application.

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