‘Enormous’ development row continues

OBJECTORS have successfully fought a second attempt by developers to build a block of town centre flats.

Plans to demolish a property at The Glebe on Chesham Road in Berkhamsted and build a dozen two-bed flats in its place have been slammed by residents for being too large for the site.

The project has been in development for five years and Latimer Homes Ltd saw its latest application for planning permission dashed by Dacorum Borough Council’s development control committee on Thursday.

Members deemed the plans ‘an overdevelopment of the site’ and voiced concerns about how a lack of parking spaces would intensify congestion on nearby streets.

Berkhamsted Town councillor Lindy Foster Weinreb told the committee the design was ‘overbearing, overpowering and out of keeping’.

She said: “The building is enormous and if you look at it from the other side of the valley it’s going to stick out like a sore thumb.

“It will look awful.”

The developers have already lodged an appeal against the refusal of a similar proposal for the site featuring 14 flats.