Commenting on the decision by the Planning Inspector, Oliver Heald said:
'I was very sorry to read the bad news about the Planning Inspector’s decision. My thoughts are with law-abiding residents at this time. I have already arranged a meeting with the Chief Executive of East Herts Council to discuss the legal advice they are taking following the decision and any remedies with which I can help. The decisions on planning are made out of the hands of MPs.
'I am also continuing to press Government for action to reform planning law on intentional unauthorised development and I miss no opportunity to speak to Ministers on the subject. As you will know, Ministers have promised action, but this needs to become a reality. I have another meeting with the Planning Minister Esther McVey MP later this month to reinforce the case.
'In the circumstances, I think it would be best to delay a meeting with residents until I am clear what options there may be.'