Development will be a benefit

PUBLISHED: 11:17 15 February 2007 | UPDATED: 14:59 12 May 2010

YOUR anonymous correspondent on the subject of the Johnson Matthey extension (Postbag, February 8) has used harsh words about the planning authority for allowing this monstrous structure to go up. On behalf of the said planning authority, North Herts Di

YOUR anonymous correspondent on the subject of the Johnson Matthey extension (Postbag, February 8) has used harsh words about the planning authority for allowing this "monstrous" structure to go up.

On behalf of the said planning authority, North Herts District Council, I have to say that the company proceeded with this planning application impeccably.

It consulted with residents and councillors in June last year, before submitting its application.

When the formal application was received by this council, it was advertised in the normal way in The Crow, on site, and to adjoining residents.

No objections were received from any of the statutory consultees, and that includes Royston Town Council and the Environment Agency.

Buildings under construction always look messier than the finished article and I suggest your correspondent waits until it is completed before judging its appearance.

The expansion at Johnson Matthey, already the town's largest employer, is expected to create 86 new jobs and the company will contribute £40,000 towards improved bus stops, a new pedestrian crossing in York Way, and improved cycleway links.

Contrary to your correspondent's claim, this development will be of benefit to the people of Royston and I am glad we were able to approve it.

Councillor RICHARD THAKE

Planning and transport portfolio holder

North Herts District Council

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