Plans to increase a traveller site to six caravans has been rejected.

A proposal to station four extra caravans in Shenley has been knocked back once again following an appeal.

There is currently permission for two caravans to be lodged in Woodlands Yard, Shenleybury Cottages, which is on greenbelt land.

The appeal has been rejected on grounds it could have a negative impact on residents.

Planning inspector David Murray upheld Hertsmere Borough Council’s originals decision citing he had “fundamental concerns about the scale and activity arising from the proposed use with six caravans which would harm the living conditions of neighbours”.

Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, portfolio holder for localism and planning, welcomed the inspector’s decision.

He said: “While we appreciate that this will deal a blow to the site owner, who had hoped to accommodate his growing family on the site, it is a victory for us in terms of establishing the importance of a robust Local Plan.

“The inspector concluded that the need for the proposal did not outweigh the harm caused to the Green Belt and neighbours living near the site, and so it went against the borough’s agreed policies. For those villagers who feared the increase in noise and disruption, this decision will no doubt be welcome,” he added.

As part of his assessment, the inspector highlighted that there is an “outstanding” need for gypsy and traveller pitches in Hertsmere.

Cllr Cohen said: “Under national policy, gypsies and travellers have as much right to have their accommodation needs met as other families and households, and we are committed to fill any gap in demand.

“If sites can be identified through our planning process, it reduces the risk of illegal encampments which can cause conflict within our community.”

The Local Plan in Hertsmere will see 8,000 new homes built on sites across the borough.