Objection Ideas

Here are some random selections of ideas for objection points, in different categories.

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• 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 !


• Perfectly good natural former agricultural Green Belt land will be paved over forever extinguishing existing indigenous species


• There are no special circumstances to justify building on Green Belt


• The Green Belt is necessary for our mental health


• The public footpaths that traverse the Green Belt make the Green Belt available to everyone, for everyone’s benefit


• If we start building on Chiswell Green’s Green Belt, we’ll join up with Bedmond pretty quickly and no longer be a village


• We need to protect the St Albans Green Belt to stop an urban corridor between London and Luton


• 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


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


• 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


• 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


• 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


Individual Categories

 

Green Belt

• Allowing one development on this piece of Green Belt will diminish the value of the surrounding Green Belt most likely over to Noke Lane and result in more developments being built on this protected Green Belt land


• We need to protect the St Albans Green Belt to stop an urban corridor between London and Luton


• My garden has lots of butterflies in it since we had the Butterfly World nearby. We need to protect their habitat.


• The Green Belt is necessary for our mental health


• We need the Green Belt to stop urban sprawl – to stop towns or villages merging into each other


• There are no special circumstances to justify building on Green Belt


 

Biodiversity

• Perfectly good natural former agricultural Green Belt land will be paved over forever extinguishing existing indigenous species


 

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


 

Fundamental Inaccuracies And False Presumptions

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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


 

Traffic

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


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


• From 2pm on a Friday, the roads around Chiswell Green are gridlocked with the Friday rush hour


• It’s so difficult to get parking to go to the chemist to get a prescription


• Any time there’s a problem on M25, M1 or A414, the traffic on the Watford Road is solid


 

Relationship With The Surroundings

• 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


• 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


• 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


• 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


• 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


 

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


• 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


 

Public Transport

• 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


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


• 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


• 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