Villagers have breathed a sigh of relief after a planning application for a futuristic-style house in Wigginton was refused.
Planning chiefs at Dacorum Borough Council said that the proposed development – on Green Belt land in Gearys Hill – would be ‘inappropriate’ and out of keeping with the site, which is in a Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty.
There were also concerns over how the development would negatively impact the established hedgerows which line the site – and the wildlife living in them – as well as encroaching on public footpaths used by many.
Parish councillor David Davies said: “This is no surprise as this proposal sought a totally inappropriate change of use of Green Belt land, with a commanding position overlooking much of the AONB village of Wigginton.
“Widespread opposition in the village was evident from the unusually large number of residents who attended the original parish council meeting which decided unanimously to oppose this proposal.”