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Eco-home plans for Bovingdon Green Belt land at Ten Oaks Farm
Plans for a Grand Design-like eco-friendly home in Bovingdon have been proposed by a local chief executive of a sustainable energy company.
Dr Ian Mays, who currently lives in Chipperfield and works in renewable energy as chief executive of Kings Langley-based RES, has submitted an application to develop a zero-carbon home on land in Ten Oaks Farm, Flaunden Lane.
Dr Mays' plans to demolish existing buildings and replace them with a circular structure.
Glenn Povey, chairman of Bovingdon Parish Council, said: "We are very conscious of the fact that it would be a new development on the Green Belt."
The applicant previously submitted a similar proposal, less than a year ago, and has now resubmitted the plans with some changes. The original application, which was submitted to the borough council in November last year, was withdrawn so an ecological survey could be carried out.
Mr Povey said: "This application has come up before and it was withdrawn. This time around it looks like there’s been a substantial increase in the size of the development."
A nearby resident submitted an objection to Dacorum Borough Council on the grounds that the development would be on Green Belt land.
Mr Gottlieb, of The Hollies, Flaunden Lane, said: "The application involves building on Green Belt land, which is not allowed. If this is allowed to go through, every house owner in the lane will be able to buy up the fields behind or next to his or her house and build on it."
The plans will involve the demolition of a double storey seven bedroom dwelling, garage and out buildings and the erection of a new five bedroom dwelling with a one bedroom annex and external outbuildings, including a garage.
The application states that Dr Mays intends that the proposed zero carbon home will be an example of sustainable living, with low energy and water use, and "the building will combine excellence in architecture and innovation with Chiltern vernacular design and traditional and local materials".
A statement put forward by RES said: "Dr and Mrs Mays want their home to account for its whole life carbon emissions and as far as is reasonable and practical to minimise the actual carbon footprint of the development."
Consultation letters have been sent to parties including Bovingdon Parish Council and flyers have been delivers to neighbours.
The parish council’s planning committee will discuss the application at a meeting on Monday, November 4.
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