East Herts District Council have issued a statement following last week's surprise announcement that Wrenbridge would no longer be involved in the redevelopment of the Bircherley Green shopping centre.
The council were not informed of the move, only learning about the withdrawal after Wrenbridge posted an announcement on Twitter.
Since the announcement was made, EHDC have been unable to contact the developer.
In further comments on their website, EHDC are critical of Wrenbridge: "[East Herts Council] have invested considerable time and effort to work collaboratively with Wrenbridge for the greater good of those who live, work and visit Hertford. It is now clear this intention is not reciprocated."
The council have now commissioned Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design to explore options for the use of Bircherley Green, as an extension to their original works on the recently completed improvements to Hertford town centre.
The council's statement reads:
The site is and has always been privately owned by the Diageo Pension Fund and Wrenbridge are their consultants. The council granted them precisely the planning permission they applied for.
The council first learned of Wrenbridge’s intentions when the statement was released on their twitter account on Friday 28th June. This took us by surprise as until Wednesday 26th June we have been engaged in what we felt was genuine discussion about working collaboratively to progress the Bircherley Green development. We are hugely disappointed at this sudden change in their approach and have not received any further communication despite numerous attempts to contact them.
Our intention from the outset has to be work in good faith with a developer to support a scheme which will bring much needed facilities to the historic county town of Hertford within the confines of the original planning consent (granted some time ago). With that in mind we have invested considerable time and effort to work collaboratively with Wrenbridge for the greater good of those who live, work and visit Hertford. It is now clear this intention is not reciprocated.
We are seeking a discussion with the owners of the site to discuss possible next steps.
East Herts Council have also posted a FAQ on their website to address many of the questions posed folloing the withdrawal of bot the plans and the developer.
You can read the FAQ here.
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