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.

 

Size and Location

• 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


• 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


 

Functioning Of The Development

• 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


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


• 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


 

Public Transport

• It’s not easy to use public transport or to cycle; the buses are infrequent and only go straight to St Albans and Luton or to Watford


• Chiswell Green Lane is not suitable for public buses on the grounds of safety


• 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


• 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


 

Parking

• 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


• 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.


 

Relationship With The Surroundings

• A sudden increase in the population of the village of a third will cause an “us/them” situation as it is not easy to integrate such a sudden large number into an existing community


• 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


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


• 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


 

Traffic

• The traffic lights to be installed at the new Burston Care Village will push traffic trying to avoid the traffic lights onto the Watford Road


• Stanley Avenue is already a ‘rat run’ to avoid the Watford Road. Residents from the new development would automatically use Stanley Avenue instead of Watford Road making Stanley Avenue even more dangerous


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


• There are traffic jams even at random, not busy times


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


 

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