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Flats plan approved in Sparrows Herne, Bushey
The contentious plan to demolish two Bushey Heath period houses and to build a block of flats was approved by politicians last night.
Hertsmere Borough councillors granted planning permission to demolish the White House and Cley House, in Sparrows Herne, in order to build sixteen flats, spread over four floors.
Although concerns were raised by the residents over the loss of these houses, planning officers recommended the application be approved, partly because of the condition the houses are currently in.
In documents submitted to the council, officers state that: "The sitting, design and appearance of the proposal is considered acceptable and would not result in any undue impacts on the character and appearance of the surrounding area."
Speaking on behalf of the applicant, James Craig, said the scheme is not an over-development of the site and would safeguard the living conditions of existing neighbours.
However, s peaking against the application, Neil Farnsworth, said: "The application before you involves the loss of a highly attractive building that positively contributes to the character and appearance of Sparrows Hearne.
"The building is an attractive landmark, described by the officer as being of high quality architectural merit."
Mr Farnsworth said: "Designing and replacing a building with the design of an existing building is merely an admission of the quality of the existing building, so why allow the demolition in the first place?"
The application was heard at the council’s Civic Offices, in Elstree Way, Borehamwood.
Members unanimously approved the application.
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