Hertfordshire councillors reject 'policy compliant' plans for 270-home mixed-use scheme

Hertfordshire councillors reject 'policy compliant' plans for 270-home mixed-use scheme

Plans for 268 homes and 1,405 square metres of office space at Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire have been rejected, despite officers' advice that the proposed scheme was policy compliant and should be approved.

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