Planning inspectorate called in to tackle Berkhamsted homes row

editorial image

A DEVELOPER planning to build 800 homes on Green Belt land says the scheme should go ahead alongside council plans to build 1,180 homes nearby.

The firm Grand Union Investments first announced its development plan for countryside in Berkhamsted last summer.

But the scheme – which the company dubs the ‘South Berkhamsted Concept’ – has been widely opposed by people who live in the town.

GUI had previously proposed 1,000 new homes should be built on its land – but reduced this number to 800 after Berkhamsted townspeople opposed the plans in a consultation.

Dacorum Borough Council already believes that 1,180 new homes should be built elsewhere in Berkhamsted between 2006 and 2031.

But responding to its consultation on the plans, GUI said that based on 2008 population forecasts by the Office for National Statistics, that figure should actually be 2,871.

The firm’s response says council plans are confused, inconsistent, and led by political pressure rather than “a real necessity to meet the future generation’s needs.”

More news and pictures in the Gazette every week.