The demolition of a house in favour of five new flats is among a batch of planning applications rejected by the district council.

Three Rivers District Council responded to a number of applicants in April to explain their planning appeals had been delivered to the secretary of state for environment after it refused to grant them planning permission.

Some appeals will now be decided based on written statements made by both the applicants and an inspector, following a visit to the site in question.

Among the applications going to appeal is the construction of a three-storey building for five apartments with parking in place of a house in Eastbury Avenue, Northwood, that would need to be knocked down.

The application was initially refused because it would provide “inaccessible and impractical” parking forcing more on-street parking; that its appearance would be “incongruous”, and that an affordable housing contribution had not been made.

The transformation of a ground floor retail space in Moneyhill Parade, Rickmansworth, into a restaurant and takeaway with a single-storey extension was rejected due to a lack of on-site parking that would place “undue pressure” on existing parking levels in the area.

And the demolition of a garage in favour of a two-bedroom detached house with a garage and parking area in Lapwing Way, Abbots Langley, was refused because it would not “contribute to the provision of affordable housing”, because it would be an “excessively prominent” development, and because it would be “intrusive” on neighbours.

An appeal hearing for the Lapwing Way application will be heard at The Colne Room, Watersmeet Theatre, at 10am on April 25.

The Planning Inspectorate will be able to declare the outcome of each appeal once decisions have been taken.