An existing housing complex could be demolished to make way for 23 new homes in Harpenden.

Buildings at Sauncey View Lodge - on Common Lane, Batford - would make way for 15 houses and eight flats if plans are approved.

A "significant amount" of new trees and hedgerows and a "landscaped setting" are included in the application.

Five of the homes would be detached, with ten semi-detached and one "affordable" apartment block.

Herts Advertiser: An aerial view of Sauncey View Lodge, Harpenden.An aerial view of Sauncey View Lodge, Harpenden. (Image: Google Maps)

A design and access statement included in the plans states: "The decision to propose 23 units at Sauncey View Lodge was guided by a comprehensive consideration of various factors, ensuring a harmonious balance between built form, green infrastructure, and biodiversity. 

"The site plan for Sauncey View Lodge is a testament to the careful consideration given to both functionality and aesthetics, aiming to seamlessly integrate into the local landscape.

Herts Advertiser: A proposed plan for the dwellings.A proposed plan for the dwellings. (Image: St Albans City & District Council / Octagon)

"Sauncey View Lodge's house layouts and design prioritize contemporary and flexible living.


"The focus on open-plan living, functional utility spaces, spacious bedrooms ensures that the development caters to a wide range of preferences and lifestyles, aligning with the principles of good design and modern living."

The application can be viewed by using reference 5/2023/2611 on the St Albans City & District Council planning portal.

Herts Advertiser: Proposed elevations for the apartments in Harpenden.Proposed elevations for the apartments in Harpenden. (Image: Octagon / St Albans City & District Council)

Residents have until February 17 to comment or object to the plans.