Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) has again rejected proposals to build housing on the amenity land severing the Sycamore Road flats from the rest of Croxley.
TRDC refused a planning application for nine houses on the site last year, following which the developer asked the government to overrule the decision, something TRDC successfully argued against.
The inspector backed the council’s view that this is valuable amenity and community space and should be retained. As a result, TRDC has now protected the site against development by removing it from consideration by planners.
This is the fourth time that development has been refused on the amenity land, and TRDC has vowed to veto the site in any Local Plan proposals.
Croxley councillor Dominic Sokalski said: “This is a win-win for local residents and campaigners. Our opposition to development was clear and we are pleased we have been supported. It was clear this would harm the character of the area.”