Planning permission has been granted for higher fencing at an estate of 66 new homes in a Buckinghamshire village.

Councillors gave the green light to Deanfield Homes Ltd’s application for land to the rear of 42 Worminghall Road, Ickford.

Much of the new residential estate, originally granted permission on appeal in 2019, is complete and many of the two, three and four-bedroom homes are now occupied.

Access to the site has also been finished, however, plots 44 to 66 in the southern corner of the site are still under construction.

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The newly approved changes include replacing the existing approved 1.8m boundary fence to the rear of properties in Worminghall Road and Golders Close with new 2.4m high fencing, with a 0.6m trellis on top.

Planning officers said the proposals would ‘protect the privacy of existing properties’ and would not adversely affect nearby heritage assets and the character of the local area.

Councillor Sue Lewin, who called in the application, was unsuccessful in her bid to get planners to condition the replanting of a large hedgerow along Worminghall Road that was ripped out.

She said: “People are very unhappy about this. It has caused an awful lot of anguish the removal of this hedgerow. For biodiversity and privacy.”