Plans to build 55 homes on a derelict site destroyed by fire have been approved.

A planning officer from Dacorum Borough Council has given planning permission for the homes at Rectory Farm, Gade Valley Close, in Kings Langley.

55 homes will be created built including 15 apartments - seven one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom - alongside 40 houses.

There will be 16 two bedroom houses, 19 three-bedroom houses and five four-bedroom houses.

Thirty-six of the 55 homes will be privately sold, with the rest considered affordable.

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After the site was destoyed by fire in December 2017

There will be 119 parking spaces spread across the site. The existing site entrance is proposed to be retained as it is well positioned and offers good visibility along Gade Valley Close.

Every home will have a rear garden and some will have a front garden whilst apartments will have external balconies. There is a play area located towards the central northern part of the site for residents and visitors.

The scheme received 21 objections. One person said the 'character' of the village could be lost while other people raised concerns about the impact on wildlife and traffic.

But last year, Angle said the proposed development has been “carefully positioned” to ensure the amenity of neighbouring properties is respected.

Angle Property said the site had fallen into disrepair. In December 2017 a fire tore through a building and vehicles on the site.

James Good of Angle Property said: "We’re really pleased that our proposals for this site have been approved. We spent time working with local residents and stakeholders to ensure what is developed is dealt with sensitively and we thank the community for getting in touch.

"We’ll continue to engage and keep local residents and stakeholders informed."