Wilstone homes plan gets nod

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Plans to turn a former warehouse into a scheme of 21 homes have been given the go-ahead.

A meeting of Dacorum Borough Council’s development control committee approved the plans for Dixons Wharf but regret was expressed that the nearby Grand Union Canal would not be incorporated into the development.

Under the plans 10 three-bed houses, eight four-bed houses and three two-bed flats will be built, along with 47 parking spaces.

A communal minibus will also be provided to ferry people to Tring and back because of the isolated location.

Councillor Ian Reay said: “I would rather see a plan that’s much more integrated into the canal waterside scene.”

The Canal and River Trust also objected to the scheme. In a statement the trust said: “It is a pity that the proposed units turn their back on the canal and due to the retention of a heavy landscaping belt will not be visible from the canal.

“The canal provided enormous opportunity to enhance the setting and value of the development but in reality the scheme ignores the benefits the canalside location could bring.”

Tring Parish Rural Council was against the plans because the site is isolated, there are no footpaths, and they involve the loss of employment opportunities.

But the committee voted by seven to three to delegate the plans with a view to approval.

Councillor Graham Sutton said: “I think the design is good. It’s far better suited for housing. I would like to see something that’s not industrial there.”