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Planning Application Withdrawn! 

The owners of the Aldenham reservoir, Liberty Lake Leisure Limited, have withdrawn their application to build fifty holiday pods and associated hub buildings along the eastern shore. This was confirmed to us in an email on Tuesday morning 14th January by Rachel Marber, the Hertsmere Borough Council planning officer in charge of the case. The application was due to have been considered by the planning committee on 20th February. The planning officers had recommended its rejection on the grounds that the development does not meet the standard of very special circumstances which is required for development in the Green Belt. 

Sailing Club Commodore Bryan Forbes said: "We are pleased but not surprised. It is a sensible decision. However we remain on full alert over the threat to the water level in the reservoir and are consulting engineering and legal experts to see what our options are." 

Meanwhile the water level continues to drop. See the photo below of the sluice gate fully open and gushing. Liberty Lake Leisure say they will reduce it by one metre initially, based on the advice of an engineer’s report on the state of the dam and that there will be a further inspection after that. The sailing club, on behalf of all lovers of the lake, argues that the report does not justify this action. 

A permanent fall of one metre in the water level would certainly affect sailing on the lake. Launching and recovery of boats would be much harder and the sailing area reduced.  

Paul Reynolds, Publicity Officer 

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