Berkhamsted homes backed despite safety fears

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THE construction of 50 homes has been backed by town leaders years after they strongly opposed the plan.

Henry Homes won permission for its New Lodge scheme from the planning inspector – after it was opposed by Berkhamsted Town and Dacorum Borough Councils.

But when the firm revised plans for the development between London Road and Bank Mill Lane – with changes that included 10 more houses and 10 fewer flats – the town council backed them.

At its planning meeting on Monday, chairman Laurence Handy said:“What we have got here is a million miles, and much improved, from what was approved by the planning inspector.”

Neighbour Bill Helm said the day he heard about the changes was ‘magic’.

But Edward Lemon, also of Bank Mill Lane, said plans for a footpath from the road tom the homes were ‘stupid’ and would put its users in ‘danger’.

He said: “It is going to be a nightmare. There have been several burglaries down that road and people that want to do that now have got a way to go about it.”

He said the footpath would give them easy access to an escape route down the Grand Union Canal towpath.

He added that there were ‘near-misses’ everyday at the Bank Mill Lane bridge – with skidmarks to prove it.

The council backed the plans on the condition the 30mph limit in London Road is extended past the homes.

They expressed concern about the bulk of part of the development and safety on its footpath.

They said a mini-roundabout should be considered for the London Road site entrance, and for clarification on who owns a bridge near the site.