Crescent Road Redevelopment Application

Letter from BSCF Vice Chairman

Head of Development Control
East Herts Council
Pegs Lane
SG13 8EQ
20 March 2008

Your Ref: 3/08/0350/FP
FAO: Nicola Beyer

I am writing on behalf of the Bishop's Stortford Civic Federation to object to the proposal to demolish the existing house at this address and replace it with five flats and associated parking.

This site occupies part of the Warwick Road Environmental Zone. Policies for this zone are incorporated in the recently adopted Local Plan in ENV 36 and BIS 22 (Second Review – redeposit version – I believe that neither policy has been fundamentally altered in the adopted Plan although the numbering may have changed).

These policies state that the local planning authority will, inter alia

Crescent Road is typical of this environmental zone with individual houses on large plots of which No 9 is one. It appears to be a serviceable house and is currently occupied. The environmental zone is one of the areas of town which has fortunately avoided so far the plague of flats which has invaded much of Bishop's Stortford and, to preserve its special character, needs to remain an area of single dwellings on large plots. This proposal is clearly not consistent with either the policies in the local plan or with the intention which they embody of preserving the character of this area. To concede that this site is suitable for flats would leave no part of the town immune to such development. It is essential therefore that this site remains as one for a single dwelling. Any redevelopment in the form of flats would constitute over development and should be turned down.