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Inquiry on village green proposals ends

Last Modified March 30, 2022

An Inquiry on proposals to deregister part of a village green in Borehamwood has come to a close. 

An Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs held the Inquiry to consider an application submitted by Taylor Wimpey in 2020 to deregister part of the village green at Woodcock Hill, west of Vale Avenue, and exchange it for a neighbouring area of land. 

The Inquiry was held virtually between November 2021 and March 2022 with eight days of hearings. Interested parties were offered an opportunity to speak on the matter during the hearings. The Inspector’s decision is expected in due course.  

Hertsmere Borough Council has opposed the proposals and taken an active role in appearing throughout the Inquiry, giving evidence and supporting the local community. 

Cllr Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning, commented: “Our stance is that we consider, along with the local community, that Woodcock Hill Village Green is a well-loved beauty spot, regularly enjoyed by nearby residents. 

“Any proposal to take away or change the status of such an important space needed to be thoroughly examined and robustly evidenced. We now await the outcome of the Inquiry.”

Posted on Wednesday 30th March 2022

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