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PROTESTS OVER DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH HERTS GARDEN CITY

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Protesters have attacked plans to develop green belt land in Letchworth for industrial use as 'totally inappropriat...
Protesters have attacked plans to develop green belt land in Letchworth for industrial use as 'totally inappropriate', after North Hertfordshire DC last night voted in favour of the proposal, reports BBC Three Counties.

Letchworth, the world's first garden city which still attracts visitors from all over the world, is managed by a foundation of appointed members and local authority representatives which critics claim is undemocratic. They claim the controversial plan is particularly inappropriate in the first town where planning was used to create a model community.

A majority on North Hertfordshire voted in favour of a proposal from the Letchworth Heritage Foundation to convert barns and farm buildings for light industrial use.

But Dr Robin Dover, one of the protesters, said the decision ignored the feelings of local people and flew in the face of common sense. 'The people of the local area aren't against development in that area, they just think an industrial development of this scale is inappropriate for the area,' he said.
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