19th century house to be demolished

PUBLISHED: 10:42 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:40 06 May 2010

Rose Cottage

Rose Cottage

A 19th century building is to be bulldozed and replaced with 11 houses. Councillors at Tuesday s meeting of North Hertfordshire District Council s Hitchin area committee voted four to three in favour, with one abstention, of demolishing Rose Cottage, at 8

A 19th century building is to be bulldozed and replaced with 11 houses.

Councillors at Tuesday's meeting of North Hertfordshire District Council's Hitchin area committee voted four to three in favour, with one abstention, of demolishing Rose Cottage, at 89 Walsworth Road, Hitchin, and building a residential development in its place.

The site has recently come under the microscope as local residents have opposed the plans in a bid to maintain Hitchin's historical heritage.

Scores of letters have been sent to the council and a petition signed by residents from 200 nearby households was also handed in.

Simon Harvey, the spokesman for the Trevor Road Residents' Association, has been strongly opposed to the plans and urged Hitchin residents to judge the four councillors, who agreed to the demolition, at this year's elections.

Mr Harvey said: "Remember the names Wren, Thake, Shakespeare-Smith and Sheard.

"I work with major corporations and am close to government ministers. To witness first hand the process by which local politics is run is extraordinary. I will now watch the behaviour of these people a lot more closely in future."

Mr Harvey also urged the council's chief executive to "take his broom and sweep them out before even more damage is done".

Cllr Sarah Wren said:"On Tuesday, the 'easy' option for me, faced with strong local opinion, would have been to refuse the application.

"I take my role very seriously and I believe that although this would have been to my political advantage, it would have been morally wrong, knowing that the planning grounds, in my opinion, did not exist for such a decision.

"I try to make every decision with integrity and with much consideration and I am sorry that that means that I cannot always take the popular route.


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