Affordable housing development hauled back before planning committee

Linley Court on Valley Road. Picture: Danny Loo.

Linley Court on Valley Road. Picture: Danny Loo. - Credit: Archant

A prospective development of 28 affordable homes has been hauled back before a council planning committee.

The application to demolish Linley Court and build new flats on the Valley Road site is to be reassessed for planning permission by the planning referrals committee because developer Aldwyck Housing Group has yet to complete a section 106 agreement, and because of new objections from the public.

A section 106 agreement is where developers are asked to provide money to mitigate the impact of their building.

St Albans council want £4,562 towards improving Bernards Heath play area, £9,425 towards improving Beech Bottom Dyke Open Space, and £14,910 towards the new museum and gallery project, which is due to be completed this spring.

Herts County Council want money for Fleetville Community Playgroup, Pioneer Youth Centre, and for WiFi in St Albans library.

According to a report which has been prepared by St Albans council officers for the committee, this agreement has not been completed.

Additionally, the owner of garages on Beech Road to the rear of Linley Court has objected to the four-storey development, which would include seven one-bedroom and twenty one two-bedroom flats.

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The garage owner objects on the grounds Aldwyck’s development would impact upon a future development of the garage site, and overlook the garage site.

The planning referrals committee will meet next Monday and officers have recommended granting conditional planning permission.