Councillors have boosted plans to construct over 55,000 square metres of commercial floorspace on an M1 open land. This should increment the possibilities of Estate Agents Hemel Hempstead for commercial properties.
The Prologis Maylands Gateway development has a planning application to view up to seven new business units constructed on land at the Breakspear Way.
Residents living nearby have objections to the construction of the building, saying it would be unsightly. The strategy has been forwarded to the council development manager with the hope for approval.
The location used to be the sports grounds for Kodak and Lucas Aerospace, although it has been abandoned for nearly ten years.
The propositions would also mean new distribution warehouses and financing in the local road infrastructure. This means more property markets for Estate Agents Hemel Hempstead.
The strategy will ensure more than £80million of private sector investment and when fully completed will support around 750 to 1,000 jobs in the logistics and manufacturing sectors.
But several residents living in the areas are unhappy. Bill Jahn objected to the strategy at the council meeting on Thursday evening.
He then informed the Gazette: “The proposed development is unacceptable. It will greatly affect residential areas of Wood End Close, Hales Park and Woodlane End by industry.
“It will seclude the nursery and cemetery on Buncefield Lane, with adults and children crossing a busy road. This might also be unacceptable to Estate Agents Hemel Hempstead.
“Scant regard may have been given to existing residents in terms of enhanced pollution, increased traffic, visual intrusion, noise, and loss of amenities.
“If industry needs to use it, so be it. These concerns can be solved with Estate Agents Hemel Hempstead as mediator. However, Prologis has to engage the local community to make it happen in a compassionate way.”
“Prologis has been investing in Hemel Hempstead for over fifteen years and we consider an earnest relationship with the local community,” said Senior Vice-president Paul Weston.
“In the town’s enterprise zone is Maylands Gateway, and our development plan, which comprises investment in local highways, may bring 750 to 1,000 jobs to the town. We will pursue liaising with the local resident.”
And Estate Agents Hemel Hempstead can help offer the properties to more businesses.