The derelict Tring site which was once home to a printing factory could be given a new lease of life next year – following an eight year wait for building work to begin.
Plans for a development of 34 flats – plus a separate block of four two-bed flats – on the old Maund & Irvine site in Brook Street were given the go-ahead back in 2010, but not a single brick has been laid after the former developers went bust.
The mantle is now set to be taken over by Lillygate Developments, who are no strangers to Tring after completing luxury homes in The Paddocks on Miswell Lane earlier this year.
Spokesperson for the company Michael Hancock said: “There’s chance of an agreement being reached in the next two to three weeks, but at the moment negotiations are still ongoing.”
But work must start before March 2014 as that’s when the planning permission runs out on the 34-bed block.
The new developers must reapply for permission to build the four two-bed flats, of which the planning permission ran out in 2011.
A spokesperson from Dacorum Borough Council’s planning department said Lillygate need not apply for the 34 flats again if work begins before March next year.
The site has stood empty since Maund & Irvine closed its doors for the last time in 2004, and the first planning application was submitted in 2006 after extensive reconditioning of the soil to get rid of impurities.
But the new development has the potential to cause parking headaches for residents on nearby Shugars Green, as the plans show pavement access from the cul-de-sac to the smaller block.
As the plans stand each flat will have one allocated space in the underground car park, but if there is more than one car per flat, it could cause issues.
Residents in Shugars Green have previously expressed their concern over parking problems at Tring Town Council meetings, and Mayor of Dacorum Penny Hearn – also councillor for Tring East – said she will be listening to their opinions.
She said: “They’ll have to put in another planning application, so the parking situation will have to be something that’s looked at very closely. “