Plans outcry

PUBLISHED: 09:52 09 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:11 06 May 2010

The Palmers’ house in Pasture Road which could be knocked down and the site redeveloped

The Palmers' house in Pasture Road which could be knocked down and the site redeveloped

A LARGE public turnout was expected last night when a revised planning application for four houses was considered. The application for the houses, which would be built after the demolition of 39 Pasture Road, Letchworth GC, was previously turned down by N

A LARGE public turnout was expected last night when a revised planning application for four houses was considered.

The application for the houses, which would be built after the demolition of 39 Pasture Road, Letchworth GC, was previously turned down by North Herts District Council's Letchworth Committee.

At the time, an officer at the council had recommended permission be refused as the siting of the development "would have a significantly detrimental effect on the character, form and extent of the landscape and open space pattern in this locality".

The officer concerned is now recommending the revised application, still for the same number of houses, be approved, a change which has angered nearby residents.

Twenty-four letters of objection from residents have been received and the nearby Letchworth Golf Trust Ltd is also unhappy about the plan.

Many were expected to go along to the committee meeting last night - which was due to take place after The Comet had gone to press - to voice their concerns.

Pasture Road resident Harry Singh, 39, said: "It isn't materially changed, they've just shuffled the houses round a bit.

"I'm surprised it's gone from refusal to acceptance."

The view that the new application does not show a significant change from the previous one is backed up by Letchworth Garden City Council, which has also objected to the application.

But officers at the council maintain that the new plans present a "more satisfactory layout than the previous scheme" and that it represents "an acceptable form of residential layout in relation to the context of the site".

The Comet tried to contact Mr and Mrs Palmer, who have made the application, but was unable to get a response.

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