‘Where will children live?’

12/7/2011'Fleur Tucker in Swingate Lane, Berkhamsted, near where 1000 homes may be built.
12/7/2011'Fleur Tucker in Swingate Lane, Berkhamsted, near where 1000 homes may be built.

A PLANNING chief says the only way to allow youngsters to stay in their home town is to build more homes.

In a consultation last year, Dacorum Borough Council asked the public whether it should opt for a planning policy of 1,130 or 1,200 new homes in Berkhamsted by 2031. Many townspeople said both options were too high.

Berkhamsted Town Council said the town should only have 750 new homes.

But planners chose to press ahead with plans to build 1,180 homes by 2031 when they announced another consultation – less open to change – at the end of last month.

Borough council planning chief Stephen Holmes said: “We can scrap all of this and go by what everybody says, which is ‘not in my back yard, no more homes.’

“But then if you have just left school, got a job round the corner and all your mates live nearby, do you really want to have to live miles away because there are no homes?”

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