A tree on Bramble Lane fell after the construction works were carried out adjacent to it for the installation of fencing for High Leigh Garden Village, a post was dug directly next to the tree potentially damaging it. Broxbourne Borough Council will not peruse the matter as they don’t believe the fencing has caused any damage and likely wish to protect the developers interests. We now have a fallen tree, fencing installed next to trees and their root systems and cement overflowing some of the posts of the newly installed fencing. All of this occurred inside a Tree Preservation Order, which is meant to protect the trees but the council will not uphold the trees legal protections.
Fencing was installed earlier this year on Bramble Lane in relation to High Leigh Garden Village. Bramble Lane has a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), which is in place to protect the trees. Some of the fencing was installed in very close proximity to the trees on bramble lane, in some cases they are are less than 15cm from the base of the trees and with cement overlapping the roots of some trees. This does not seems acceptable for a TPO, normally fencing is installed some distance away and not dug into the ground like it has been.
Unsurprisingly the works on the Dinant Link road roundabout have failed once again.
Residents now face multiple weekends of works and temporary traffic lights, in April and March on the Dinant Link roundabout which is the major connection to the A10 from Hoddesdon. Have we not endured enough inconvenience from this roundabout?
The incompetence of the developers never fails to amaze us!
Residents have already faced multiple attempts to rectify the failed roundabout. The developers continue to fail to get it right.
The works will likely breach the planning permission again, cause inconvenience to residents and may not even succeed based on how poor the development of this roundabout has been so far.
Please share this with residents and your friends which may be affected by the works.
In response to questions 1, 4 and 5, the information that the Council holds on those with an interest in High Leigh is taken from the 2015 section 106 agreement on which the following names appear:
Mr D E Brock-Jest Mr A C Spicer and Mr F T O’Connell (administrators for Hubert C Leach (High Leigh) Ltd Hubert C Leach (High Leigh) Ltd The Directors Empire LIH Limited Mr R A N Jest Mr T B Perkins
It is known to the Council that LIH has taken possession of the interests of Hubert C Leach (High Leigh) Ltd and it is understood that this company has no remaining interest.
The Council has met with the prospective developer of the majority of the High Leigh site and it is understood that LIH will publicise the identity of that developer shortly. However, at the present time that information is confidential.
On the 31st May 2019 a complaint against Broxbourne Borough Council was finalised and the complaint was upheld. This complaint was in relation to the late overnight works for High Leigh Garden Village.
Summary: Mr Y complains about the Council’s decision not to enforce against breaches of planning control at a development site close to his home. The Ombudsman does not uphold this part of the complaint because the Council was entitled to resolve the breaches informally. Mr Y also complains about the Council’s decision to grant permission for noisy works under Section 61 of the Control of Pollution Act. The Ombudsman finds fault because the Council approved the application without visiting the site and noting errors in the measurements. This meant the developer was not required to install additional acoustic barriers, and so Mr Y suffered more disturbance than necessary for eight nights in total. The Council will apologise and pay £150 to Mr Y.
Broxbourne Council has received the following information from the developers:
The following utilities are currently being brought into the development from Lord Street within a four week period that we are about two weeks into:
A new sewer from Rosehill Bowls Club to the King William pub; An electricity connection from Langton Road to Box Lane A gas connection from the entrance to the High Leigh conference centre to the vicinity of Box Lane.
These are all expected to be completed by early March.
The area of the development to the north of the Dinant Link Road will be serviced through a new service corridor from Hertford Road. Water for the whole development to the north of Lord Street will be taken through this corridor.
With regard to the contents of the committee report, the contents of paragraphs 8.102 to 105 were factual statements in respect of the intention for service connections at that time. Note that paragraph 8.104 explicitly sates that the development would be sewered through Lord Street and it is that sewer connection that has been the principal cause of the road closure. There has been a change in strategy for gas and electricity for the housing south of the Dinant Link Road. Those works within Lord Street are however, coinciding with the sewer connection. There is nothing uncommon about this in a large development. It is a normal progression of the details as to how utilities will connect into a development.
Notwithstanding the above, none of the utility works within Lord Street require planning permission and there is no breach of the planning permission in that respect. Should there be any breaches of the conditions attaching to that permission, the Council will take any action deemed expedient at that time. For the reasons outlined previously, it would not have been appropriate to take enforcement action relating to the surfacing of the road and roundabouts outside of the permitted hours.
I trust this clarifies the position.
Jeff Stack Chief Executive | Broxbourne Borough Council Bishops’ College | Churchgate | Cheshunt | Herts | EN8 9XQ
Residents are missing deliveries, post and friends/ family are unable to locate their property as the postcode of EN11 8SJ has been moved on Google Maps.
We believe this has occurred as the contractors Breheny Civil Engineering were using residents postcode as a way to locate somewhere near their construction site. This is not acceptable and though they now have their own postcode, the issue they caused still exists.
It is not fair that Lands Improvement Holdings and Breheny Civil Engineering have affected residents lives, but not put things right. Residents are having to try and get this issue resolved.
We once again call on the incompetent councils, Hertfordshire County Council and Broxbourne Borough Council to monitor the development and prevent local residents lives being unfairly impacted.