Flats plan rejected

PUBLISHED: 10:44 30 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:17 06 May 2010

PLANS to demolish a 19th century building and replace it with flats have been rejected. An application to flatten Pine Lodge, in Highbury Road, Hitchin, and replace it with six two-bedroom flats and car parking space was turned down. One of the reasons gi

PLANS to demolish a 19th century building and replace it with flats have been rejected.

An application to flatten Pine Lodge, in Highbury Road, Hitchin, and replace it with six two-bedroom flats and car parking space was turned down.

One of the reasons given for refusal was that "Pine Lodge makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Hitchin conservation area and its loss would be detrimental to the visual quality and historic integrity of the area".

In response to the decision, a spokesman for the Hitchin Forum said: "We are delighted. The reasons given by North Herts District Council for refusal are comprehensive and extensive.

"In particular, the specific historic and architectural character of the building itself is highlighted which is helpful for preserving it for the future.

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