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Community group vows to challenge 'unanswered' Bushey eruv concerns
A community group that has spearheaded a campaign against plans to build a religious boundary in Bushey is criticising flaws in Hertsmere Borough Council’s planning process which “still remain unanswered”.
Last month, the council gave permission for the controversial planning application to go ahead, which will see steel poles erected in 25 locations across Bushey, connected by fishing wire.
The eruv proposals were submitted on behalf of Bushey United Synagogue, in Sparrows Herne.
A Bushey community group are questioning the council’s handling of the planning application.
Group spokesman, Gay Butler, said they are “proceeding to stage two of the complaints procedure concerning flaws in the council’s planning process which still remain unanswered”.
The planning committee approved the application by 10 votes to 0.
Mrs Butler said: “This unanimous result may have been achieved by members being constrained from considering objections from local residents by directives from the legal officer present at the meeting, who discounted them as unrelated to planning matters. On the other hand the applicants were allowed to raise a number of non planning arguments in support of their application."
The council denies that its handling of the planning application was flawed.
The council’s director of environment with responsibility for planning matters, Glen Wooldrige, said: "We refute any suggestion that our handling of this planning application was in any way flawed or that residents’ concerns have been ‘unanswered’.
"Any comments and representations that came forward were taken into consideration by the committee, and the issues discussed at length before councillors determined the application in accordance with national planning legislation which it is legally obligated to abide by."
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