bengeoresident wrote:I had to drop off my daughter to Hatham leisure centre Saturday (easy to gain access but queued forever to get onto Old Cross when leaving), cars were actually queueing in the Sainsbury car park to get onto the road by Mcmullens brewery and get onto Old Cross. I wonder if when planning permission was granted for this store that the ensuing traffic issues were envisaged, do Herts council undertake retrospecive reviews of planning permission for large developments such as this?
codek2 wrote:Have sainsburys actually come good on ANY of their section 106s? No idea what was in the original list. I suppose it includes stuff like the new footbridge? But really I can't see much they've done? Curious that it is 9 pages worth!
SloopJohnB wrote:Actually Steve this application was approved by EHDC although it must be said with serious misgivings about the traffic issue. I was at the Management Development Committee meeting at Castle Hall when this was voted through on a 7/8 split in quite a bizarre development. In fact some months later I am sure a councillor regretted their decision to approve it. The same night coachloads of residents arrived to support the opposition to a wind farm and the Hall was quite deserted for the Sainsburys vote.
The decision was later 'called in' by the Inspectorate owing I think to a concurrent application by Tesco; and a lot of time was spent once again arguing transport issues at a three day hearing at Wallfields (including a video from a lower Bengeo resident of the rat run). The decision was upheld on the grounds that Sainsburys would give more back in Section 106' s and other tangible ways which would outweigh the traffic problem. The approval runs to 9 pages of Section 106's.
SloopJohnB wrote:I think one of the conditions was to pay for a safe crossing on Port Hill which made the front pages of the Mercury this week.
SloopJohnB wrote:Mrs B was under the impression that I retired some years ago so a lot of boxes containing files etc have since been moved to the dark corners of the house. However although 9 pages seems an awful lot most of it if I remember was to do with the river, linkage, paving, the river walk and bridge, signage and also as Steve says the sculpture by the car park entrance.
If I can find all this stuff I may look it up but I think one of the conditions was to pay for a safe crossing on Port Hill which made the front pages of the Mercury this week. This subject had come up time and time again at the Hertford Transport Forum and a few studies done by Highways but there was never any money in the budget. Enter Sainsburys stage left! I am open to be corrected on this.
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