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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.

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