Residents battling a proposal to demolish a bungalow and construct four four-bedroom homes could see it approved following an appeal.
Last month it was reported the plans were rejected by Three Rivers District Council’s planning committee after neighbours said it was against the character of the village.
Following the decision, the planning inspectorate has allowed an appeal on Edit Residential’s plans which have been rejected twice before; the first for nine flats and the second for seven flats.
Lora Nash, who lives on Lower Road, said: “The residents in Lower Road are battling with a number of planning applications to demolish a bungalow built in the backs of people’s gardens and replace with either a block of flats or four four-bedroom houses.
“There has been a lot of objections to this development from local residents, not just those living in Lower Road. A number of people are concerned about safety and parking issues which have been brushed aside by highways and the council.
“We did think that the council were reacting to the demand for new housing from government but on hearing about how other councils deal with applications, I think they are not dealing with these applications robustly enough.”
Another resident who lives on Lower Road said: “These houses cannot go ahead. They have already had three failed attempts to build on the land so why do they keep trying to cram as much as they can onto the site.
“The planning inspectorate won’t have a good knowledge of the area and he or she will most likely approve the appeal. But the application offers insufficient parking and is out of character for the area.
“I understand that more houses are needed but the council and government need to be more considerate about where they allow contractors to build them.”