Where to object

    1. Send an email to the central comments email address at
      planningcomments@stalbans.gov.uk
    2. Use the following information in your subject line:
      Planning Application 5/2021/3194 – Object to proposal
    3. You must include your forename and surname
    4. You must include your full address including postcode
    5. You must include the case reference number which is Planning
      Application 5/2021/3194
    6. You must state the you wish to object to the proposal
    7. If you fail to include the required details your objection will be ignored

    1. Send a letter to the case planning officer Andrew Wright at
      Mr Andrew Wright
      Planning and Building Control
      St Albans City and District Council
      Civic Centre
      St Peter’s Street
      St Albans
      AL1 3JE
    2. Use the following information in your subject line:
      Planning Application 5/2021/3194 – Object to proposal
    3. You must include your forename and surname
    4. You must include your full address including postcode
    5. You must include the case reference number which is Planning
      Application 5/2021/3194
    6. You must state the you wish to object to the proposal
    7. If you fail to include the required details your objection will be ignored

Need some help with ideas for objections ?

Here is a selection of objection ideas from every different category.

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If you want more ideas, here is the full list of categories.

 

Parking

• There is never enough parking for modern living outside new houses so cars from the new houses will leave their cars in Forge End and Long Fallow and walk to their homes


• Our neighbouring town of Hemel Hempstead has a very effective way of dealing with parking demand. In most of its streets pavement parking is encouraged. Pavements, on both sides of the road, are wide enough for pedestrians with buggies or wheelchairs and for parked cars. As a result the roads are not cluttered by parked cars and residents have more space as houses are not packed so closely together.


• In spite of a campaign to ‘Shop Local’ SADC imposed extra parking conditions and physical barriers to deter parking, e,g, raised kerbs outside the chemists and near Simmonds, 24/7 parking prohibited in the quiet little service road just down the A405 from Starbucks, excessive yellow lines in Chiswell Green Lane, Tippendell Lane and near the Chemists


 

Traffic

• Rush “hour” lasts from 7 to 9.30am, and 3 to 7pm in school time


• There is not enough parking in the village for the shops


• Cars park on double yellow lines outside Simmons because there is not enough parking


• Eight Wheeler lorries regularly ignore the weight restrictions on Watford road. This is particularly northbound during late afternoon


• Vehicles park all along the Watford Road to go to the Post Office


 

Functioning Of The Development

• Chiswell Green is perfectly located for people who need good access to the main road routes nearby. New residents of these houses are likely to travel by car to work, not cycle


• The existing bus route through Chiswell Green is too far from the new development to encourage the new residents to use it


• St Albans is nearly 3 miles from the City Station with only 1 direct bus route per hour. Residents of the new development would use cars to travel to the station when car use is supposed to be discouraged


 

Size and Location

• St Albans in general and Chiswell Green in particular is hugely over-subscribed for medical and dental services. An extra 800 to 1000 residents will degrade services for all


• Adding nearly 1,000 new residents to a village of 2,800 is ridiculous. We will become a town overnight and lose our village character


 

Public Transport

• Public Transport Access to St Albans City Station is limited to one bus in each direction every hour, the 724, a long distance Limited Stop Service which has poor regularity


• Public transport is poor from Chiswell Green; a 5-minute car journey to Park Street requires an hour’s journey by bus to St Albans Abbey Station and a train back to Park Street !


• Current bus stops along the Watford Rd. are further away than the “Guidelines for Provided for Jouneys on Foot” in 2000 which state they are best within 500m for commuters and 400m for others


• Buses through Chiswell Green are mostly only 2 or 3 an hour, even in rush hour, and the timetable is erratic


• The purpose Built National Cycle Path through Greenwood Park is seldom used for its original purpose. Will new cycle paths be better used? – I doubt it


 

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Relationship With The Surroundings

• Chiswell Green is a village, with specific charm and character, which for many is the reason for living here. This development will harm and completely change that character irreparably


• Chiswell Green has an aging population. Their homes are going to become available in the next 10-20 years for families to move into. To release those properties onto the open market sooner, Chiswell Green needs to provide more homes suitable for older people, or people with care needs


• There are lots of houses in Chiswell Green that are being renovated to make them bigger to accommodate families, or knocked down and rebuilt as two to accommodate smaller family units. This is increasing the number of homes in St Albans without building any big developments


• The new development will be completely out of keeping with the rest of the village


• New houses should be provided in areas where there is employment nearby, not in a village. Chiswell Green’s largest employer is Burston Nurseries at only 150 people


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