‘Teletubby home is not welcome in our village’

Unsuitable? An artist's impression of the proposed futuristic house in Wigginton
Unsuitable? An artist's impression of the proposed futuristic house in Wigginton

Plans for a Teletubbies-style house in the middle of Green Belt fields will now be considered by the Planning Inspectorate.

Villagers breathed a sigh of relief when an application for the home in Gearys Hill, Wigginton, was refused planning permission by Dacorum Borough Council in October.

The Teletubbies PNL-140205-224414001

The Teletubbies PNL-140205-224414001

The authority said it was inappropriate and out of keeping with the Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty that it would be located inside of.

That part of the Chilterns was, until fairly recently, agricultural land that was split into a number of small pieces which people have been using for paddocks.

Wigginton Parish Council chairman Steve Cannon said: “One piece of this land had a planning application submitted for what the applicant described as a ‘country house’.

“But various people living in the village have described it either as an oversized Teletubbies house or a flying saucer.”

The owners of the land have now lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate – and there is now only one week left for people to submit their opinions about it.

To have your say, click here and search for the reference APP/A1910/A/14/2216510

The deadline for comment submissions is next Wednesday.

Mr Cannon said: “As the parish council, we will be reinforcing our arguments against the plan with the Planning Inspector.”

The parish council has notified all villagers who may be affected by the proposal to tell them how to submit their opinions.

Mr Cannon said: “We believe that Dacorum will be adding to their comments as well.”

Planning and development company Rural Solutions Limited, which helped put together the application on behalf of the landowner, says it has reasonable grounds for appeal.

The firm says that national planning policy allows for homes that are of an exceptional or innovative nature to be built in rural areas.

The policy in question says: “Local planning authorities should avoid new isolated homes in the countryside unless there are special circumstances such as the exceptional quality or innovative nature of the design of the dwelling.”

But to fit the bill, the development must ‘be truly outstanding or innovative, helping to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas,’ ‘reflect the highest standards in architecture,’ ‘significantly enhance its immediate setting’ and ‘be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area’.