Appeal over eco-friendly home for St Albans conservation area
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A plannning appeal has been lodged over a controversial modern house earmarked for a historic street in St Albans.
It comes after St Albans district council (SADC) failed to determine the outcome of an application from Oakbridge Homes for a four bedroom house in Fishpool Street within the statutory time period.
But a council spokeswoman said they would have refused it as it would be incongruous and visually incompatible with the street scene which features a number of Grade II listed buildings.
In addition to the appeal the developers have also submitted a second application, which has angered residents who now have to resubmit their objections.
Neighbour Joanna Swire said: “I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist but I am very concerned that this application is going to sneak in “via the back door” and be granted whilst they think no one is looking.”
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Since the second application has been submitted it has received over 30 objections. Residents have until next Wednesday to add a comment.
Martin Hemmings, managing director of Oakbridge Homes, previously said he could understand people might be concerned about the building process of the eco-friendly home, which would take on average 38 weeks to construct, but that he was happy to meet with anyone concerned to talk the proposals through further.
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