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Rejected homes find a space on Hertfordshire Green Belt

A leading planning group have secured planning permission for over 90 homes – a proposal that was previously rejected by Three Rivers District Council.

Boyer, a leading planning and design consultancy, have secured planning permission on behalf of Burlington Property Group for the development of 92 homes and a new doctors surgery. The establishments are set to be based on two parcels of land at Church Lane in Sarratt, Hertfordshire.

However, gaining consent for the new development wasn’t plain sailing. Three Rivers District Council originally rejected the plans primarily due to the sites being within the Green Belt, associated landscape harm and their location being in a less sustainable part of the district. Although, the Inspector found that the scheme benefits, including the proposal to address the acute housing need locally, outweighed the concerns raised by the council.

The plans submitted by the development organisation are for two sites, one of 5.5 hectares and the second of 0.7 hectares. Of the 92 homes that will be delivered across both sets of land, it is believed that 48 will be affordable of various tenures, and nine will be self-custom-build properties.

Commenting on the news, Philip Allin, director in Boyer’s London office, said: ‘We are incredibly pleased to have achieved this approval on behalf of Burlington Property Group.  We believe the proposals will make a real difference, allowing local people to get onto the housing ladder while providing a truly fit-for-purpose surgery that will deliver benefits to the wider community.’

Nathan Stevenson, land director of Burlington Property Group, added: ‘We are delighted to have secured outline planning approval for these two important schemes in Sarratt. The development will deliver a range of benefits for the local community including a brand new purpose built GP surgery, enabling shorter waiting times and improved access to doctors. Furthermore, in providing over 50% affordable housing, the development will go some way to assist Three Rivers in delivering much needed new family homes.’

It is currently thought that the work on the site will commence towards the end of 2025 and will be complete within around two years.  

Image: Burlington Property Group

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Emily Whitehouse
Writer and journalist for Newstart Magazine, Social Care Today and Air Quality News.

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