Berkhamsted homes plan gets the go-ahead despite mass opposition

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PLANS for new homes on a historic site have ben approved after a long-running battle between neighbours and a developer.

Its original proposal was to build six houses in the grounds of derelict home The Grey House in Kitsbury Road, Berkhamsted.

The plan was rejected by Berkhamsted Town and Dacorum Borough Councils – and the planning inspector on appeal.

Scores of the site’s neighbours set up The Grey House Association to oppose the scheme by company Black Lab Developments.

But a meeting of Berkhamsted Town Council heard on Monday that he now only wants to build four new homes there.

Acting for the firm, Nigel Ozier said the inspector was concerned about the scale of development and amount of green space within it – something that has now been resolved.

But David Marsden, of nearby Anglefield Road, said the planned development was not much smaller than in the firm’s last application – which got rejected.

Councillor Tom Ritchie said: “It has moved some way, but maybe not enough.

“But it is unrealistic to think that nothing should be done on that site. If nothing is done, in the next year or so, it will fall into disrepair.”

Meeting chairman Laurence Handy said: “I would propose that we reluctantly, but nevertheless realistically raise no objections to this application.”

The council backed the plans.