What’s this all about?

  • The coloured areas are new developments that are either approved,or planned in St Stephen Parish
  • Current plans would grow Chiswell Green from 1,250 households to 2,879
    – that’s 1, 629 new houses or an increase of 130%!
  • The new developments would add nearly 4,000 new residents to the existing 2,750in our village, and over 3,000 more vehicles, but:
    • no new doctors’ surgeries
    • no new dentists
    • no new schools


What about the school that Cala promised?

Cala was not offering “a school” …. Cala was offering “land for a school”…. but HCC would have to pay to build and maintain the school – but HCC doesn’t have the money to build a new school! The land would belong to HCC to do whatever it likes with …. to sell for more housing maybe….


But don’t we need the affordable houses promised by the developments?

Depends what you consider to be affordable…
If you’re a key worker on £30,000 per year, you’re unlikely to get more than a £145,000 mortgage. The Polo Field development was offering a 33% discount on market prices – meaning you’d need to be on around £90,000 per year to get a mortgage big enough.
That’s not exactly affordable, especially not for key workers!


So what would all these developments actually give us?

  • Traffic lights at 7 stop points in the centre of the village
  • 3 sets of traffic lights along the A405
  • Shared cycle and pedestrian routes along the Watford Road and Chiswell Green Lane, achieved by:
    • narrowing the Watford Road
    • removal of parking from outside the Post Office, and on Chiswell Green Lane.
    • Increased rat running along Stanley Avenue, spreading to Cuckmans Drive, Hollybush Avenue and Hawthorn Way
      Potential knock-on effects of extra traffic controls at Ragged Hall Lane and Stanmount Road.
    • Substantially increased Air pollution (already, only 19% of the country has worseair quality than at the centre of Chiswell Green)

What can you do?

Support us in our legal challenge to quash the decision
to allow the Cala and Polo Field developments

VOLUNTEER to help us raise awareness and raise funds
DONATE NOW to fund our legal fees to overturn this disastrous decision

CALA/Polo Legal Challenge….UPDATE


The main points

  • Claim submitted to the High Court for a Judicial Review of the Cala and Polo decisions
  • Claim based on decision’s reliance on the outdated and flawed SKM Green Belt Review
  • We are looking for the decision to be quashed
  • The whole process will take months, maybe up to a year
  • We need your help to raise £45,000 to fund the legal costs NOW
  • We can do this! We have already achieved more than many people thought possible!


This affects us all…

Once a development is given the green light, other developers jump onto the bandwagon.
Chiswell Green is at risk of a further 675 new houses, in addition to the 721 from Cala and Polo.
This is more houses than there currently are in Chiswell Green!

Please think hard about what Chiswell Green and its Green Belt means to you and your family.
Please join our fight to reverse this decision and all it’s implications once and for all.


We need your help NOW, more than ever…

We all have busy lives but KCG has worked tirelessly to get us this far.
Together we can reverse this Government decision, but our small campaign group needs your help.

1,000 of you have signed up as supporters to receive our emails, but…..only 180 of you have made a donation to Keep Chiswell Green in the last 2 years.

We need to raise £45,000 to overturn the Secretary of State’s disastrous decision, so please donate generously and volunteer to help us in our fundraising efforts.


  The Cala Homes Development – UPDATE 23rd March 2024   As many of you will already be aware, after St Albans and District Council refused the Polo and Cala applications to develop land north and south of Chiswell Green Lane in autumn...

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