Bircherley Green

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Ellensdottir
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Re: Bircherley Green

Post by Ellensdottir » Fri 12 Apr, 2019 1:24 pm

Have we any further information on what is happening to Bircherly Green? Last rumour I heard was that there is now no longer going to be an hotel, but rumour does not say what will be in it’s place. Also I have wondered why they closed the multi story car park so promptly when I think it is still there? Has anybody any news on what is going on, and going to go on?
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Steve
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Re: Bircherley Green

Post by Steve » Fri 12 Apr, 2019 1:39 pm

Ellensdottir wrote:
Fri 12 Apr, 2019 1:24 pm
Have we any further information on what is happening to Bircherly Green? Last rumour I heard was that there is now no longer going to be an hotel, but rumour does not say what will be in it’s place. Also I have wondered why they closed the multi story car park so promptly when I think it is still there? Has anybody any news on what is going on, and going to go on?
As far as I'm aware, Wrenbridge are contractually obliged to deliver the hotel. Unfortunately when there's an information vacuum, idle gossip will always will it.

My guess about the car park would be security and/or insurance.

Unfortunately, whilst we are "between councils" there will be to Development Management meetings until mid-May at the earliest.
TcfL
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Re: Bircherley Green

Post by TcfL » Tue 11 Jun, 2019 7:11 am

I find yesterday’s announcement of a withdrawal of the planning application by Wrenbridge a sad testament of profit being more important than community. Saying “The scheme we had designed, and hoped to be building by now, was created for a 2016 market and is no longer fit for purpose in 2019, in the face of a depressed retail sector and subdued housing market” shows a total lack of capability to plan or read the signs that were very clear in 2016 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/peo ... erience-a/ Reports at that time were very clear to both developers and planning authorities but now, here we are in 2019 with buildings gathering dust and being left to fall apart, an undeveloped building site, and an unusable car park. Some might say that we have been let down by the policies of the current government (for whom I voted) and LAs to enforce a planning policy of building more housing at all costs whilst ignoring communities, not providing improved infrastructure, or appropriate policing to address the problems being created (crime stats 2,114 in 2013/14 and 3,052 in 2018/19). Or is it the climate of maximisation of profit by developers and others involved? Me, I blame them all and see little or no future for Hertford other than as a dormitory town for London – a truly sad day.
greeners
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Re: Bircherley Green

Post by greeners » Tue 11 Jun, 2019 1:13 pm

Surely now is the time to get the car park open and start getting tennants back into the shops, even if its short term / rent free lets ??
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