Plan to build flats on Dickinson site

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PLANS to build a five-storey block of flats in a historic part of Hemel Hempstead have been submitted.

Winreb Finance wants to build 49 flats and 65 car parking spaces in London Road.

The development is proposed for a two-hectare area of land that was formerly John Dickinson’s paper-mill factory, on the site since 1809.

The company moved to a different area in 1999 and since then the site has been redeveloped to include a new pub, hotel, offices and homes.

But a section of land specified by Dacorum Borough Council for offices has been empty for nine years, despite continuous marketing. Winreb Finance describes it as a “weak link”.

The developer says its proposals could add to the “new community on the site”.

In plans submitted to the council, the company says: “There is little prospect of an office developer being found.”

It also claims there is more than 1,000,000 square feet of unused office space in Hemel Hempstead.

The developer’s plans include 22 affordable, rented flats, and a public consultation has taken place with residents who live nearby.

The developer wrote: “The proposed development was well received by the local residents who raised no objections to the scheme presented.”

There will also be a roof garden, energy-saving solar panels, and 55 bicycle-parking spaces if the scheme is approved.

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