Hemel man criticises council over parking spaces in planning application for 30 flats

Dacorum Borough Council are unable to comment on live or undetermined planning applications

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 4:37 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd February 2021, 4:40 pm

A man from Hemel Hempstead has criticised the council over the inclusion of three parking spaces for current residents in a planning application for 30 flats.

Steve Mouatt, who lives in Bowyers in Highfield, has criticised the council over plans that he says are misleading.

He says that existing parking for residents at Bowyers has been omitted from the application for the proposed construction of 30 flats at Randall's Ride and Bowyers, Highfield.

Steve says that existing parking for residents at Bowyers has been omitted from the application for the proposed construction of 30 flats

He said: "The proposal is to demolish various existing dwellings and Garages and construct 30 flats with parking spaces.

"What had not been declared by Dacorum Borough Council is that existing parking for existing residents at Bowyers has been omitted from the plans.

"Even though I have repeatedly informed them of this fact, they refused to amend the proposal.

"The new plans omit to show or declare that they are taking off road parking from existing residents in Bowyers, that were requested by the residents of Bowyers and provided some 25 years ago by the council.

"These will now be given to the new flat owners, to meet the building regulation of one parking space per dwelling.

"Which is also ridiculous, we know in reality that one space per dwelling is not enough.

"The council are pretending that there is no off road parking at present and they are providing new parking, which is totally untrue.

"We feel like we are being treated differently because we have bought the homes and we are no longer council tenants.

"We all know that we need more housing, but it has got to be done properly and the council need to provide the correct amount of parking spaces for those new homes."

"We also want the council to respect the parking needs for the existing residents."

A spokesperson for Dacorum Borough Council said: “We are unable to comment on live or undetermined planning applications.

"We can confirm that we have been in contact with Mr Mouatt, in December 2020, regarding his enquiries."