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Hawkshead Lane bypass bid

North Mymms Green Belt Society has written to the local authority calling for a bypass to be built through land to the south of houses in Hawkshead Lane.

The Society is concerned about the projected large increase in heavy traffic associated with plans to extend the Royal Veterinary College on the north side of the lane.

The college has submitted plans to build a new learning resource centre, reception and administration offices on land adjacent to its current site.

NMGBS members were recently taken on a tour of the college and the site of the proposed expansion.

Writing on the society's website, honorary secretary Bob Horrocks says the RVC have explored the many options and considered the site restrictions before deciding on the proposals and they make sense.

In calling for the bypass, the Green Belt Society say Hawkshead land is narrow and twisty and completely unsuitable for heavy traffic.

"Apart from our duty to protect the green belt from any incursions, we have written to the council joining in with the RVC's concerns at the existing and projected traffic of heavy vehicles along this lane," Bob Horrocks wrote.

"We have asked for a bypass to the south of existing houses in Hawkshead Lane to carry the RVC traffic and vehicles using Hawkshead Lane as a cut-through to the M25 South Mimms roundabout," he continued.

The RVC expansion plans, number S6/2000/39/FP, are available for inspection at Welwyn Hatfield Council until Tuesday, February 15, the last date for local residents to make objections.

The plans are also published on the RVC website, showing the area to be developed, drawings of the scale of the development and details of the case for supporting the plan.

The North Mymms Green Belt Society's views are set out on its website

January 26, 2000

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