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13/03/2018

Appeal: Green belt homes decision turns on definition of ‘village’

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Abbots Langley / Diane Sambrook

An inspector has rejected Three Rivers District Council’s argument that Abbots Langley is too large to be a ‘village’ and is therefore unsuitable for green belt infilling, after an appellant cited descriptions of it as a village on the council’s own website.

The appeal concerned an irregularly shaped parcel of land towards the northern end of Abbots Langley, a Hertfordshire settlement that lies within the green belt. Apart from an agricultural barn in its north-eastern corner, the site is undeveloped. The appellant sought permission to build three homes on the undeveloped part of the site, as well as the demolition of the barn.According to the NPPF........
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