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Brookmans Avenue flats - another perspective

Anonymous letter posted door to door


11 Brookmans Avenue, Brookmans Park Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
11 Brookmans Avenue, Brookmans Park - November 2019
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Letters have been circulated in Brookmans Park claiming that the former occupants of a house that was demolished to make way for flats were denied entrance to a public meeting in the village called to oppose the development.

The anonymous letter offers “some context” to the decision to carry out the building work, and states that the flats “do not set a precedent for any other development” in the village.

Last year, a group which says it represents “dozens of residents in Brookmans Park” applied for an injunction to halt the building of flats following the demolition of 11 Brookmans Avenue, Brookmans Park.

The Brookmans Park Estate Residents Committee (BPERC), which describes itself as “a large and growing group of residents”, says its members are “passionate about preserving the character of the village”.

The group is concerned about the development taking place at 11 Brookmans Avenue for five flats, and of the planning permission granted for eight flats at 77 Brookmans Avenue.

The BPERC held what it publicised as a “public meeting” at the United Reformed Church (URC) in Brookmans Park on Monday 25 November. Those wanting to attend were asked to email ahead of the event in order to reserve a place.

The BPERC said at the time that if the meeting was full they would have to turn away people who had not emailed in advance, “and we wish to avoid this happening”.

Now, in the anonymous letter, posted door to door on Friday 10 January, it’s claimed that the occupants of the plot in question, 11 Brookmans Avenue, asked if they could attend the meeting in order to “listen to the debate to understand the views of others in the village”, but were told that “it was a private meeting and that the police would be called should they attempt entry”.

The BPERC has been approached for its comments on the claims made in the letter, embedded below. There are no contact details on the letter with which to establish who the author is.

Letter, posted door to door on Friday 10 January




Some background on the development 


In March 2017, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s Development Management Committee heard objections to the development from North Mymms Parish Council.

The report from the Executive Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) concluded that planning permission be approved subject to eight conditions, listed in the document embedded below.






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