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Lane widening plan drawn up in latest Little Hay Golf Course proposal

An artist's impression of the proposed view from the entrance to Little Hay Golf Complex ENGPNL00220130528141711

An artist's impression of the proposed view from the entrance to Little Hay Golf Complex ENGPNL00220130528141711

Objectors to proposals to redevelop Bovingdon’s Little Hay Golf Course say fresh plans to widen sections of a country lane to give lorries more space during the works is dangerous.

Woodland Environmental – working on behalf of Sportspace – have drawn up proposals to widen parts of Upper Bourne End Lane to allow HGVs to pass each other.

It comes after Herts County Council refused a planning application for the remodelling of the 18-hole golf course on highway safety grounds and said that an alternative route up box Lane should be investigated.

But Woodland Environmental say that objections have already been received from householders there and instead lane widening plans have been drawn up.

Anne Bacon from the Three B’s Action group – made up of people from Bourne End, Bovingdon and Box Lane – said the road will still be too narrow for two HGVs to pass.

“There will be absolutely nowhere for horse riders or pedestrians ,” she said. “The whole thing is really dangerous.”

The group is also concerned about the skid risks of heavy good vehicles travelling down the hilly lane.

Sportspace spokesman Elise Hyslop said: “Our preferred route through Upper Bourne End Lane minimises any impact on residents, as no traffic will pass through either Bourne End Village or Hemel Hempstead town.

“An independent safety consultant looked at options to address the safety concerns that were being highlighted, and these recommendations have since been forwarded to Herts County Council.”

 

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