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Long Island Exchange - now a listed building

posted 27 Jul 2013, 00:07 by Tomo
Further to the recent planning application to demolish the Long Island Exchange hotel in Rickmansworth, this was again rejected by the Three Rivers Planning Committee on the 20th of June, one of the directions from the Planning Committee was to direct the officers of the Council to reconsider whether the hotel should be given Listed Status.

It was reported this week in the Watford Observer that the council have now confirmed that the Long Island Exchange is "locally listed". Although the listing status cannot block the demolition of a building, it is an additional factor that both the developer and the planning committee need to take into consideration when any planning application to change the building is considered.

Although the Long Island might not be the best example of a hotel - it's evident that the current owners have had other long terms plans for the site and have possibly not invested as much as they could have otherwise in the facilities and their upkeep, hopefully they will now understand the importance that the local community place upon this long standing local hotel which is very conveniently placed not only for residents in the local area, but also those using the Metropolitan and Chiltern lines. Hopefully they might have a change of heart.

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