Demolition for historic barn

COUNCILLORS are angry about not being consulted on designs for a children s home. Plans to build the home on Weston Way, Baldock, got the go ahead from Herts County Council last week. But members of the district council s Baldock area committee were not c

COUNCILLORS are angry about not being consulted on designs for a children's home.

Plans to build the home on Weston Way, Baldock, got the go ahead from Herts County Council last week.

But members of the district council's Baldock area committee were not consulted in the matter.

And at its meeting on Monday the district council planning officer also showed concern for the design and construction of the home.


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The committee was incensed that it had not been consulted regarding demolishing one of the last historical barns in the town to build a children's home.

And it proposed to write a letter expressing its views.

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Baldock councillor Ian Knighton said: "It's already got outline planning permission because the county council owns the land.

"The normal practice is to ask for comments. The planning officer had a letter to say they would do that, but they've ignored it.

He added: "The planning officer is very unhappy about the construction and how it will be built.

"We may well be saddled with a building that's inappropriate and won't sit in with the surroundings.

"We feel the way they've gone about this is out of order, it should have come to us for consultation.

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