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Parsonage Residents Association trustees are trying to block a new home plan they fear will disrupt a public right of way.

Chair Deborah Munro won support from Bishop’s Stortford Town Council when she addressed the planning and development committee.

MGD Properties 5 Limited has asked East Herts Council for permission to build a three-bedroom house to the side of 176 Stortford Hall Park and a single garage for the existing home.

Map showing Parsoange Residents Association land, edged in black, and the right of way in yellow. (57364766)
Map showing Parsoange Residents Association land, edged in black, and the right of way in yellow. (57364766)

Mrs Munro told councillors that the residents association was gifted a piece of land north of the site by the British Railway Board.

She said: “We maintain the trees on the land and intend to allow wildlife to flourish. Historically the land was fenced on three sides and for 50 years plus there has been a right of way across the land to join Parsonage Park to Stortford Hall Park.

“Recently, we fenced the fourth side leaving a strip of land open to allow residents to still have access.”

Residents have backed the association’s concerns in official objections lodged with East Herts. One said: “It appears that access to the land on which the dwelling is to be built will be gained by driving over the drives of at least two neighbouring properties and a public right of way. The right of way…is used at all times of the day and night by schoolchildren from any one of the three secondary and two primary schools which serve the area and by members of the local community to gain access to the public open space (Parsonage Playing Fields).”

The association has also argued that the scheme exceeds the density of other plots in the area, will have a negative impact on biodiversity and will cause increased pressure on parking and congestion, with fears that access for emergency services will be hampered.

Cllr Shane Manning said: “Parking is beyond a joke there – we don’t need to make it worse.”

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