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Developers of Aerodrome Way housing scheme deny building outside of planning permission
Developers of the Aerodrome Way housing scheme have denied carrying out work without planning permission.
Councillors recently accused the Bellway Homes of carrying out work outside the granted application including building non-permitted fences and vehicle access to the site as well as not starting work on a promised play area.
In a recent leaflet Liberal Democrat politicians also said the developers had the removal of an old hedge.
Bellway Homes, who have been granted permission to build 425 homes on the site in Aerodrome Way and north of South Way, said they have not done anything outside of the agreed terms.
A spokesperson for Bellway Homes said: "The old existing hedgerow remains in place, but we have thinned it out and removed the undergrowth. A metal railed fence has been positioned within the fence and a planning application has been made for this."
Another issue mentioned was the developer installing gates for the security of their show homes. However, Bellway Homes said the gates are temporary and a planning application has been made.
When asked to comment about the proposed play area that work has not yet started on, a spokesperson said: "This does not have to be laid out until 50 per cent of the Phase 1 houses are occupied and completed before 80 per cent of the Phase 1 homes are occupied. Phase 1 comprises of 123 homes and the first occupants are expected at the end of September.
"Our latest proposals for the play area are with Three Rivers District Council for consideration and approval and it is our intention to start upon this work within a month of receiving the council’s approval and the works will take approximately 3 months."
Chris Whately-Smith, chairman of Three Rivers planning committee, said: "Three Rivers District Council will continue to be robust in ensuring the developers stick to both the letter and spirit of the planning permission."
Bellway Homes bought the 25,000 sq ft site from MEPC in March 2012 after outline planning permission for the development had already been granted by the council.
The developers are building 425 homes on the site and proposals were also put in to build a play park on the Horsefield site, adjoining the Leavesden Aerodrome via South Way roundabout.
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