Traffic concerns voiced over moves to demolish The Hollies social club at Foxhall

The Hollies at Foxhall

The Hollies at Foxhall - Credit: Archant

A former derelict social club which has been vandalised and its site used for fly-tipping is set to be demolished and replaced with 11 new homes.

Villagers have welcomed the proposals for The Hollies in Straight Road, Foxhall, but are worried about extra traffic and would like to see action to slow cars in the area.

The developers, Oakwood Traditional Homes Ltd, say three of the 11 properties would be affordable homes.

The Hollies was for many years the Civil Service’s social clubhouse and sports ground, but had been unused for sometime and most recently was suggested as a potential site for a new Blue Cross animal welfare centre, though a potential deal fell through.

Brightwell, Foxhall and Purdis Farm Group Parish Council has expressed “strong support” for the housing development.


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Clerk Angie Buggs said: “The parish council has serious concerns about the present condition and the lack of any restrictions or controls on Straight Road.

“It is too narrow for the fast modern cars and very heavy vehicles which use it. This welcome development increases the number of dwellings in this part of Foxhall by nearly 40%, but possibly less than this for the number of cars.

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“The parish council would welcome early assurances and discussions about these problems.”

The developers plan to run a new access road off Straight Road, and the homes site will include 34 car parking spaces.

They say their proposals represent a “sympathetic solution” to the constraints of the site.

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