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Long Island Exchange update

posted 13 Apr 2013, 04:35 by Tomo   [ updated 27 Apr 2013, 04:36 ]
New development proposals have been submitted for the Long Island Exchange in Rickmansworth. We wrote back in November that a planning application had been submitted to demolish the existing hotel and build 95 flats. The proposals were out of keeping with the local area and the Save Long Island blog helped to co-ordinate a local response against the planning application.

The developers have been on a bit of a charm offensive and all the parties who sent in an objection to the original proposals have been the lucky 
recipient of a glossy brochure (see right) setting out the revised plans which now comprises of 65 flats. The developers obviously realise that its probably in their financial interest to win some support for the new scheme. Whilst the version 2 plan is probably an improvement on the original plans, and still not of direct impact to residents in Chorleywood, it is a loss of a local hotel amenity for the Rickmansworth area. The fact that the existing hotel leaves a lot to be desired due to the current owners running it into the ground (because of their plan to develop the site) is immaterial, and there is very little other local hotel accommodation of a similar style/price in the area. If the planners approve the application are they going to modify the local plan to release other land in the Three Rivers local area for a similar hotel facility?

Residents are prompted to consider the impact of the development on the local area, and if they see fit submit a comment to the proposals. The deadline for comments is 23rd April 2013 Friday 3rd May and the planning application reference is 13/0480/FUL - comments can easily be submitted online in the Three Rivers Planning portal. The loss of amenity of local hotel accommodation can have a wider impact on both residents and businesses.

For more information and timely updates please visit the savelongisland.blogspot.co.uk blog.


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