Furniture business eyes new premises in Hertfordshire

Furniture business ar18 has outlined proposals to build a new furniture workshop and office facility in Kings Langley.

The company, which is based in Uxbridge, acquired the site at auction last year under the Proceeds of Crime Act, with the hope to redevelop it into its new premises.

Supporting the proposals, community association Green Belt Matters stated: “Most people in Kings Langley will know the now derelict site opposite Kings Langley Station which was the former home of the Lottery winner who was convicted of fraud. The site has had many planning issues over the years.   Last October the one acre site was sold at auction under the proceeds of crime act and the new owners AR18 Ltd have let KL&DRA know of their proposals for the green belt site.

“AR18 is a retail furniture manufacturer, currently based in Uxbridge, who have been looking for a new home for a couple of years and, although still looking for an alternative site, are going to submit an application for this site. 

“The proposed workshop would employ around 40 staff, including apprentices, in a 2 ,000 square metres manufacturing building, split over 2 levels.  The lower level would be sunk into the sloping site to reduce the buildings noise and visibility. The North and East side of the roof will be covered with natural vegetation and the south aspect would be fitted with solar panels.  

“They approached this Association to outline their proposals explaining that they are aware of concerns that any new developments can cause and want to be a good neighbour taking the views of local residents seriously right from the start.”

No official planning application is currently viewable on the Dacorum Borough Council planning portal at this stage.

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