PLANNING: Plans for holiday homes in the Green Belt at Potten End have been given the thumbs-up despite strong objections from a conservation group.
The Chiltern Society, in a submission to planning chiefs, says there is ‘no evidence provided that this form of tourist accommodation is required in this area’ and the homes are ‘totally inappropriate’.
However, councillors at a meeting of Dacorum Borough Council’s development control committee leapt to the defence of the area.
Councillor Colette Wyatt-Lowe said: “I think those comments by the Chiltern Society should be reconsidered. We have a beautiful borough. Let’s see it showcased and I don’t want to see any negative comments where they are not needed.”
Under the plans two office buildings on Balshaw Heath in Bullbeggars Lane will be demolished and replaced with a number of one and two-bed self-contained holiday lets.
The site owners claim the existing offices, which have been empty for two years, cannot be let in this economic climate.
But Nettleden with Potten End Parish Council also objected to the change of use and the loss of ‘employment opportunities’.
The committee approved the plans but tasked officers with adding a condition to prevent the lets being used as permananent homes.