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Proposal for ultra-modern ‘Miami Beach-style concrete box’ in Berkhamsted conservation area is blocked

Proposed new executive house in Doctors Commons Road, Berkhamsted. PNL-140303-141501001

Proposed new executive house in Doctors Commons Road, Berkhamsted. PNL-140303-141501001

A retired architect’s plans for a modern executive five-bedroom home in his garden were shot down by councillors last night.

The proposed property in Doctors Commons Road, Berkhamsted, was branded as looking like a ‘nuclear power station’ by Councillor Rosemarie Hollinghurst during a meeting of Dacorum Borough Council’s development control committee.

Neighbours turned out to object to the home described by one as a ‘Miami Beach-style concrete box’.

Their objections were backed up by ward councillor for the area Councillor Julie Laws, who said it was blatant over-development in a conservation area in what was an already congested road.

“We all passionately believe this development does not contribute to or enhance the conservation area,” she said.

But the agent representing house owners Mr and Mrs Marsden, who are long-term residents of the street and would continue to live next door in the home that Mr Marsden designed and built himself, said the proposal is a modern house appropriate to its time.

Committee member Councillor Fiona Macdonald said: “I’m not against modern design per se, but in the right place.”

The committee went against the case officer’s recommendation to approve the planning application and voted to refuse it on grounds of loss of privacy for neighbours, insufficient amenity space, safety concerns regarding car parking and over-development of the site.

 

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