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Government approves Killingdown development

February 8, 2022 12:36 PM

Cllr Margaret HofmanThe Government Inspector has overruled Three Rivers and approved the Killingdown Farm development.

It is obviously a massive disappointment the Government have ridden roughshod over residents and the Councils genuine and legitimate concerns caused by this application. The Lib Dem Council listened and refused the application in May.

Residents ran a strong and impressive campaign that really galvanised the community. They should be proud.

Cllrs Margaret Hofman and Dominic Sokalski have been challenging the developers since they first proposed the development a couple of years ago, raising significant concerns over access via Little Green Lane. The local Lib Dems worked closely with residents, including the ''Keep Croxley green'' campaign, and local councillors spoke twice at Council to call on the Planning Committee to refuse this application.

Lib Dem Three Rivers refused the application because of the harm caused to The Green Conservation Area. Harm that the Government Inspector accepted would happen!

However, we now face the prospect of 300 additional cars on parts of Little Green Lane - urbanising and damaging The Green. The Government Inspector acknowledged this would occur but approved it anyway. The Government said the public benefit of 160 new houses outweighed harm caused to The Green.

Next steps - save Little Green Lane and Green Belt

Your local Lib Dems are continuing to press for the remaining parts of Little Green Lane, that aren't included in the Killingdown Farm proposal, to be closed off and protected to preserve their rural nature for future generations.

Herts County Council unanimously accepted the petition and are to do a traffic survey shortly. We are pressing Herts to not delay its implementation. So far, we have had 1,500 resident signatures to save the rest of Little Green Lane - please sign the petition here if you haven't already.

Lib Dem Three Rivers has also committed to fighting to protect the Green Belt fields next to Killingdown Farm. The Council is working to put forward a robust Local Plan, keeping them within Green Belt, that the Government accepts.

Killingdown Farm plan