wardclan wrote:Lots of rejections to plans on the east Herts site to redevelopment proposals , i must admit it puzzles me. It seems locals and those of neighbouring towns and villages are happy with charity shops , pound stretchers , boarded up premises and an uninspiring riverfront
Well, nothing surprises me anymore.I know you mention lots of rejections but as at today there were 117 comments - 89 objections, 22 in support and 6 neutral. Many of the objectors have lodged two letters and in some cases three so that figure is not quite so overwhelming; then add in those who have objected and don't even live in the District. On the other hand for a town of 27,000 souls and growing it is a poor response to something that will affect everyone living here. Of great entertainment is the document posted by Planning which summarises all the objections and comments to the development. It can be found under documents on the planning page. Some are quite bizarre; many have already been incorporated into the evolving plans.
The Development Management Committee meet on 19th July to determine the application. The majority do not live in Hertford or have a business in Hertford; they represent Bishops Stortford and the rurals. On the other hand owing to one of the most bizarre meeting anyone can remember they did vote for the Van Hage's application to develop a store on the site - apparently Waitrose, but this was overturned after Asda played the Green Belt card. Who knows what will be on their minds this time round.
More important Waitrose shut their doors for the final time at 4.00pm on Tuesday September 12th. The Luxury Soap Co has already gone, Hobbs the hairdressers closed last Saturday and Freedom Australia emigrated from Centurion House some months ago. Other moves and closures are imminent. This does not look good for the town centre. Even if the application is approved it will be many months until any work can start. In the meantime Christmas will have come and gone.
Wrenbridge have been back and forward to Planning and other groups and have tried to accommodate everyone's views. All the operators of boutique cinemas turned the offer down of a site in Hertford. No one will take on the riverside property unless there is parking on the flat. The NHS has been extremely backwards in coming forward. A new submission for a GP surgery will have to be made if the NHS finally make up their mind.
I'm afraid that this application is the only white knight on the horizon; no one else is going to pump money into the town and if the application is refused outright who could blame Diageo if they pulled the plug and said 'adios Hertford'.