Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has been accused of offering a “cynical” sweetener to villagers surrounding the country estate where he hopes to build a new “eco-village” by offering them free land.
The actor, who played Ron Weasley in the film series, wants to build five detached houses and four affordable terraced homes on his Kimpton Grange Estate in Hertfordshire.
He has offered to provide extra land to the owners of several properties that back on to the estate that would provide them with gardens.
But some of the villagers have accused Mr Grint of a ploy to win over the support of locals, many of whom have objected to the plans to build on protected greenbelt land.
The argument is about the price of course, not the idea…….