Harpenden bungalow tree saga ends

A LONG-running saga over a bid to build a detached chalet bungalow in the back garden of a house in a popular Harpenden road has finally ended. Despite their concerns about the impact on trees on the site in Roundwood Park, St Albans District council s pl

A LONG-running saga over a bid to build a detached chalet bungalow in the back garden of a house in a popular Harpenden road has finally ended.

Despite their concerns about the impact on trees on the site in Roundwood Park, St Albans District council's planning north committee has given the go-ahead for the three-bedroom house to be built.

It follows numerous applications to build in the rear garden of the house, many of which were turned down as unacceptable forms of backland development.

The new application moved the access away from a protected yew tree, reduced the width of the garage for the existing house and adjusted the siting of the tree protection fencing along the south east edges of the site.

Planning committee chairman, Cllr John Chambers, explained after the meeting that there had been concerns about the trees, a lot of which were protected, and the committee was anxious to ensure they were secure.

He said it had been a long-running case which had involved a lot of negotiation but the officers had felt the best solution had been reached.

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