Dozens object to tower block homes but two are in favour of the high rise plan

The proposed Beacon development in Whiteleaf Road, Hemel Hempstead.
The proposed Beacon development in Whiteleaf Road, Hemel Hempstead.

Dozens of objections have been lodged by upset neighbours to a proposed 16-storey tower block.

So far, Dacorum Borough Council has received 43 objections to the Beacon development - a high rise, futuristic block of flats with automatic parking and fingerprint entry systems.

Just two people have submitted their support for the plan in Whiteleaf Road, Hemel Hempstead, next to the Aldi food store.

Many objectors are concerned about the impact the extra 272 apartments will have on traffic along the already often congested Boxmoor to Apsley route.

One objector said: “As a regular user of the A4251 between boxmoor and apsley i am very concerned about the traffic loading at the two waters junction...this development will make the situation worse and cause harm to the local economy.”

While another said: “Hemel Hempstead is not the place in the UK to pioneer underground parking.

“This restricted parking and additional traffic to and from Whiteleaf Rd will cause chaos in the area.

“Hemel is not inner city, it is a small town & it needs family homes with outdoor space, not another high rise.”

Outline planning permission for the development was granted by the council earlier this year.

Now developers Corona Properties has lodged a full application, which gives full details of the proposal.

Sam Graham, of Boxmoor, who has deliverd more than 1,000 leaflets calling on residents to voice their opinions, said: “This second application is a chance for locals with concerns to say no to what will not only be an eyesore, but which will bring Hemel to a grinding halt.”

The consultation closes today (Wednesday). To have your say click here

A spokesman for Corona Properties said: “Corona Properties is looking to transform a brownfield site in Hemel Hempstead into one of

the world’s first A+ energy rated mixed use buildings. The development would use only renewable energy generated within the building meaning zero-emissions.

“We want to make the most of our brownfield sites in the town centre to relieve pressure to build on the greenbelt. It is important that we preserve our open space for future generations, whilst developing environmentally friendly buildings and high quality homes for Hemel Hempstead.”

A decision on the application is expected next month (December).