‘Satanic mills’ flats deferred

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HOMES: Plans for a scheme of affordable flats and houses in Berkhamsted have been deferred because of concerns over communal gardens facing on to the High Street.

A meeting of Dacorum Borough Council’s development control committee was told it was ‘incongruous’ to have the gardens so prominent at the gateway to the town.

The Aldwyck Housing Group development of 26 homes in Farm Place has proved highly controversial in the past, being likened to ‘dark, satanic mills’ by one councillor.

Councillor Fiona MacDonald told the meeting: “It does seem very incongruous having amenity space the first thing you see when you come into the town.”

The committee voted by five to four to defer the plans, going against officers’ advice to grant approval.