Planning disaster

Well done to The Comet for again highlighting the real concerns that Hitchin residents have about the development of our town centre. Your headline Destruction (The Comet March 16) says it all. There does not appear to be any planning involved in ensuring

Well done to The Comet for again highlighting the real concerns that Hitchin residents have about the development of our town centre. Your headline Destruction (The Comet March 16) says it all. There does not appear to be any planning involved in ensuring that as the town develops it maintains the very important aspects that attract so many people towards it - including opportunist developers!

Hitchin town is being over-developed. I counted 14 developments that have been built, are in process of being built and those that are planned to be built. The latest is the demolition of the old Methodist Nursing Home in Elmside Walk, and a modern block of flats built there instead.

I agree with the recommendation of the Built Environment Advisory and Management Service, for the protection of buildings that are not listed or in a conservation area but are still of great importance.

Keep up the good work Comet, let us develop Hitchin, but please do not destroy out town in the process. Let us leave something of the old Hitchin for future generations to enjoy, as we have been able to.


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BRENDAN SALISBURY, Offley Road, Hitchin

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