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STEP CLOSER FOR LEAVESDEN HOUSING PLANS


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lans for a multi-million pound housing and leisure redevelopment of land on a 45


hectare site between South Way and Aerodrome Way in Leavesden have been given outline approval. The decision was made at a meeting last


month and means that permission has been given for the ambitious project to build 425 homes, a hotel and create new public open spaces. The finer details including the design of the homes and layout will be submitted for review in the next few months and a further decision will be made then. Liberal Democrat ward councillor for


Leavesden, Stephen Giles-Medhurst feels the development and a guarantee of an accompanying £5m investment in infrastructure from the developers MEPC will be a major benefit to the area. He said: “MEPC has agreed to plough £5m into


not just the development but the surrounding areas. There will be £1.8m set aside for educational need in both primary and secondary schools. £600,000 has been earmarked for


creating play areas.” Councillor Giles-Medhurst countered claims


that the development will be isolated from the rest of the community. “This will not be a one road in, one road out type of development. The principal plans show the development will be outward looking and aiming to integrate itself through the public open spaces and shopping facilities it will have. I think the money pledged to the County Council will be a big bonus to the whole community.” However, not everyone is happy with the


decision. Steven Jones, from Leavesden, thinks the plans are too big. He said: “425 homes isn‟t a development it‟s practically a village. This will bring more traffic, noise and crime to the area.” Have your say – What do you think of the plans? Email jerry@mynewsmag.co.uk


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