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Homes plan for Mead Lane offices

Monday 26 April 2021

An office block could become flats if planning permission is granted to convert Expo House in Mead Lane to residential use.

The proposals join a number of other planning applications to turn business and industrial premises in to homes, including offices on the Watermark Way and land at Caxton Hill.

Expo House is a two storey office block behind Conbar House in Mead Lane and is surrounded by business and industrial premises in an area of the town allocated to employment use. The front of Conbar House was converted to residential use a number of years ago but the rear of the property is still occupied by businesses.

Expo House is faced by industrial units

Ward councillor Jan Goodeve has objected to the planning application, saying "The proposed homes are on an industrial estate, the loss of any employment space would be regrettable and unlikely to be replaced in the district. There is concern at the continual loss of employment space in the district."

Cllr. Goodeve went on to described the plans as "poor quality" and "unsuitable for residential use".

"Pedestrian access to the flats would be via an industrial access road and a service yard/parking area. [There is a ] lack of outdoor amenity space. This would be a dreadful place to live, especially for children.

"East Herts District Council has exceeded its housing delivery target and does not need or want poor quality homes being delivered in unsuitable locations."

A decision on the planning application is expected in the summer.

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