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South Oxhey Initiative 'has descended into farce and chaos', says Three Rivers District Council Labour group leader Steve Cox
The South Oxhey Initiative has been left in "farce and chaos" after the second housing association in a year has pulled out of the scheme, according to opposition.
Steve Cox, leader of the Three Rivers District Council Labour group, described the decision of Catalyst Housing to walk away from the project to build 450 new flats on the estate as a "serious setback".
His comments come after the council’s Liberal Democrat leader, Ann Shaw, said the exit of catalyst was "an irritation" rather than a significant blow.
Councillor Cox, who represents South Oxhey, said: "This whole project has descended into farce and chaos. Nobody wants it that way, but that is the reality. Make no mistake about it, this is a serious setback.
"Here we are more than two years down the line from when all this talk first started and there’s still nothing concrete. Developers just walk away. Nothing has been delivered except uncertainty, false dawns and disappointments."
Plans to redevelop South Oxhey have been on the cards after 30 flats between Fairfield Avenue and Oxhey Drive have been identified by the council as being beyond repair and in need of replacing.
Under current plans half the new homes would be market rate and the other half would affordable and plans for a new 29,000 sq ft supermarket include.
Thrive Homes had initially been in negotiations to be the housing provider in the project, but the association pulled out in November.
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