Villagers blast off over a ‘flying saucer’ house

Unsuitable: an artist's impression of the proposed futuristic house in Wigginton
Unsuitable: an artist's impression of the proposed futuristic house in Wigginton

Plans for a futuristic house likened to two flying saucers have been met with uproar by villagers and nature lovers.

Wigginton Parish Council objected to plans for a ‘country house’ to be built in a meadow at Gearys Hill – pronounced locally as ‘Gears Hill’ – at a meeting on Tuesday last week.

The meadow in question can be found at the foot of Wigginton Bottom hill, where two footpaths follow the edge of a field before flattening out to a plateau.

Councillor Mike Siveyer, who has lived in the village for seven years, said: “One of the criteria for a country house is that it should be in an isolated location, but it’s not. It’s on the edge of the village.

“It looks like two flying saucers, with two grey domes next to each other.

“Our main objection is the fact that it will be in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I should imagine it will now be referred to the development control committee.”

The full application is for a detached home and annex near a farm track with associated landscaping in the meadow.

Dacorum Borough Council has received 17 responses to the application via their website, all of them opposing the proposed development.

Greta Brown, planning field officer at The Chiltern Society, said: “I must object to this application as it is inappropriate in the Green Belt and Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

Tring Ramblers Association claimed a futuristic building such as the one in the plans would be quite unsuitable for the area.

The borough council’s development control committee will decide whether planning permission is granted.