‘Huge homes plan is still not good enough’

An artist's impression of what the homes could look like
An artist's impression of what the homes could look like

Town planners have spelled out their objections to a proposal for 92 new homes in an eight-page document that describes the project as ‘gross over-development’.

The report – drawn up after a recent meeting of Berkhamsted Town Council’s planning committee – says the properties would be ‘cramped’ with inadequate amenity space.

The group has instead suggested to developer Taylor Wimpey that it build fewer homes on the land between Shootersway and Durrants Lane, near Egerton Rothesay School. Its current plans include 24 affordable homes – and future properties being added to neighbouring fields.

The town council planning committee also says that the parked cars of people visiting the new estate would probably clog up Shootersway and Durrants Lane.

The planners say a traffic report by Taylor Wimpey relies on out of date information from May 2012.

Their report says: “There are already serious problems with traffic flows in the High Street, congestion, air pollution and a severe shortage of public car parking provision.”

They suggest a new junction be created on the A41 to ease congestion at the junction between Shootersway, Kingshill and Kings Road and make the area safer.

It often becomes gridlocked with traffic heading for the A41 during rush hour.

Since September 2013 when nearby Ashlyns switched from being an upper to a secondary school, younger 11 to 13-year-old children have been crossing there.