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he biggest story in the Abbots Langley area at present is the planning application


submitted in the middle of November for further development on the former Rolls Royce site. The area for the proposed development is bounded by South Way, Aerodrome Way and Leavesden Studios and currently has a planning permission for office blocks to be built. This application is in addition to the expansion of the Warner Brothers studios, for which planning permission was given earlier this year. The full details of the application can be viewed at both Three Rivers District Council and Abbots Langley Parish Council‟s offices and online at http://tinyurl.com/ leavpark The current application suggests 425 new


homes, with shops and community use will be built on the site, with a hotel being built on the offices side of the road. The indicative plans show nine five-bedroom houses, 130 four-bedroom houses. 99 three-bedroom semis, 85 2/3 bedroom terraced houses, 42 two-bedroom flats and 36 one -bedroom flats.


Part of the good news for local residents is that


the land known as the „horses‟ field‟ at the corner of South Way and Langley Lane, and the Furtherfield open space will be preserved as public open space. There will be two main road accesses, one from


the Hill Farm Avenue traffic lights junction and the other from Aerodrome Way traffic lights by the office blocks. There is also a minor access from the roundabout by Curtis Drive and small accesses to serve houses which will be built fronting South Way. The studios access onto South Way will be permanently closed. The shops and community facilities will be


provided opposite the offices already built in Aerodrome Way, but pedestrian access will be provided from South Way. There is also a large green wedge in the centre of the site opening up to the existing open space, with pedestrian routes throughout the site, which will link to the open spaces at Furtherfield and South Way. As the housing on the site will replace a


previous planning permission for offices, this is one of the least harmful places to build new homes in the area. However there will still be a need for local facilities to be provided, not least for schools and health facilities. We are waiting for details of what is required from the health and education authorities, but clearly school places are already oversubscribed in the area and there is a need for more room at GPs and dentists.


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