Henlow land is sold for housing

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  • The Diocese of St Albans is to sell an 8-acre site in Henlow near St Mary’s Church
  • The church is concerned by the thought of more housing in the village
  • The proceeds of the sale will be reinvested to help fund additional clergy

An 8-acre site in Henlow is being sold by the Diocese of St Albans to the dismay of St Mary’s Church.

The site will be used for housing if planning permission is granted to the purchaser.

We understand the position being taken by the Parochial Church Council but also recognise the planning authority will determine the use of the land.

David Nye, Chair of the St Albans Diocesan Board of Finance

However, St Mary’s is concerned about another development as the village has already seen a number of new houses built in recent years.

A letter from the Vicar, Churchwardens and Parochial Church Council of the Church stated: “We have attended two meetings with members of the Diocesan Glebe Committee and the Pastoral Committee.

“We have explained our opposition to such a scheme, but on neither occasion were we able to persuade them this was not an appropriate course of action.”

The proceeds of the sale will be reinvested to help fund additional clergy to serve the communities of the diocese.

David Nye, Chair of the St Albans Diocesan Board of Finance, said: “We are a charity owning parcels of land which we have a duty to use for the good of the wider church.

“We understand the position being taken by the Parochial Church Council but also recognise the planning authority will determine the use of the land.

“As every community needs to provide places where new housing might be built, it is inevitable there will be some development in many communities.”