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Safety concerns prompt Bishop's Stortford Town Council objections to Dunmow Road homes plan

125 Dunmow Road, Bishops Stortford. View looking from 123 to 127 Dunmow Road. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7399420)
125 Dunmow Road, Bishops Stortford. View looking from 123 to 127 Dunmow Road. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7399420)

A bid to build ten new homes in gardens off Dunmow Road has been criticised by Bishop’s Stortford Town Council.

Members of the development and planning committee described the scheme as “an accident waiting to happen”.

Deed (UK) Ltd, of Canning Town, London, has applied to East Herts Council for permission to demolish 125 Dunmow Road to accommodate a new access road to the rear. Homes at 123 and 127 Dunmow Road are to remain with their rear gardens reduced in length to create a 0.24-hectare site for the ten new builds. The houses will form a terrace.

The applicant Anthony Hoodless has told East Herts: “We have tended to work in London taking on run-down industrial sites and transforming them into lovely homes. We have recently moved as a family to Bishops Stortford and we are trying to work in the locality. We have taken on a site in Buntingford that is for employment and we are building starter industrial units which are in high demand.”

Cllr John Wyllie said: “I think the access and exit are bordering on dangerous. An extra ten houses will be an extra 20 cars. I just think it’s the wrong place to build ten extra houses. Cllr Philip Demonti added: “It’s an accident waiting for somewhere to happen - it’s dangerous.”

Cllr Ralph Gilbert said: “We have never been happy about back garden development.” Cllr Stan Stainsby concluded: “I propose we object on the basis that the exit is unsafe - that road is extremely busy. It’s out of keeping with the street scene. It’s over development.”

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