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Appeal: Javid approves controversial 348-home green belt scheme

Sajid Javid

Plans for the comprehensive redevelopment of Oaklands College in St Albans, including refurbishment of college buildings and 348 new homes, have been approved by the secretary of state despite green belt restrictions.

The scheme has seen extensive opposition from local residents. These concerns were echoed by the MP for St Albans, Anne Main, who wrote to the secretary of state arguing that major developments of this kind could lead to the “eventual coalescence” of St Albans, Hatfield, and Welwyn Garden City.The plans, originally submitted in 2013, were rejected by St Albans City and District........
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