Affordable housing could delay Tesco’s plans

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Controversial plans to build a Tesco Express site in Bovingdon may be delayed even further due to a change in housing regulations.

The supermarket giant’s original planning permission expired in January after it failed to build on the site, at the junction between Bovingdon High Street and Chesham Road, within three years.

The renewed application made this year has now been challenged by Dacorum Borough Council as new regulations require two of the eight flats in the development to be affordable housing.

Madeleine Taggart-Smith of the council said: “As the Core Strategy, Dacorum’s local planning framework, has been introduced since Tesco originally submitted their planning application they are now expected to make 35 per cent of planned homes affordable housing.

“We are waiting for a response from Tesco.”