Planning is vital
SIR – The Comet February 22 – Victim of Bully Boys . We are residents of Sollershott West and we think it is important to point out that there are some inaccuracies in the above article. The application for landlord s consent made by Mr Cole in 1999 to t
SIR - The Comet February 22 - 'Victim of Bully Boys'. We are residents of Sollershott West and we think it is important to point out that there are some inaccuracies in the above article.
The application for landlord's consent made by Mr Cole in 1999 to the Heritage Foundation was not for a garage extension. It was for a two-storey quadruple garage block, which included a games room on the first floor, together with a shower room and toilet. If allowed, the building would have been on the boundary of the adjoining property, with a very high, pitched roof dominating the next-door garden.
In addition there was a window at the first floor level that looked directly into the bedroom of the adjoining house. The proposals were in contravention of the Heritage Foundation's guidelines for receiving landlord's consent.
Mr Cole did not apply to replace a single storey garage, like with like. He sought landlord's consent to erect a separate, tall building which was the size of a house. Several residents of Sollershott West objected to the extension.
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SIR - Regarding Letchworth Garden City council's consultation on planning applications. This seems to me just another excuse for the town council to have a go at the Heritage Foundation.
Surely anyone who has the interests of Letchworth Garden City at heart would wish to see its unique and delightful architectural heritage preserved, not gradually eroded by inappropriate modernisations.
Some may feel the planning guidance given by the Heritage Foundation to be draconian, but you only have to look at some of the hideous changes already made to some houses to realise what would happen if some home owners were left to their own devices.
I personally do not want to live in a town of blank plastic windows and concrete front gardens and am glad the Heritage Foundation is here to help preserve the unique character of our houses. Do we really want to live in a town that is a carbon copy of everywhere else in the country? Let us keep Letchworth Garden City special.