CLASH campaigners leaflet motorists over threat to St Albans Green Belt

Green Belt supporters call on residents to oppose housing and care home scheme

A ST ALBANS campaign group handed out about 800 leaflets to city-bound peak hour commuters on Monday morning warning that they might be joined by hundreds of additional vehicles on Harpenden Road should a proposed Green Belt development go ahead.

The group, Campaign by Locals Against Sewell Housing (CLASH), wants residents to support its push against a scheme to build 116 houses, a 72-bed care home and two tennis courts east of Harpenden Road, citing child safety fears and that additional houses built at a site near Woollams playing fields would over-stretch education, health and community services.

An application for Sewell Park has been submitted to St Albans district council and is open for consultation until September 21.

A spokesman for CLASH said: “We distributed leaflets to drivers to enlist support and make people aware of the development. It was very clear that lots of people were unaware of the proposal.”


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Promoters of the scheme, Hunston Properties, said in their application that the 5.1ha former arable agricultural site had not been farmed for more than 10 years.

Thirty-five per cent of the 116 houses would provide social housing, comprising 12 one and two-bedroom flats and four two-bedroom and 25 three-bedroom homes.

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The care home would provide flexible accommodation capable of meeting the needs of residents suffering from dementia, and would employ up to 48 non-residential staff.

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