RHL53 – Appeal Information

Another application in Chiswell Green appealed to the Planning Inspectorate!


Deadline for comments

5th January 2024


Appeal scheduled for

13th February 2024


The Planning Inspectorate recently refused the appeal by Martin Holderness for his proposal to build seven detached houses opposite Cuckmans Farm. The appeal was decided by the Planning Inspector on the basis of the information submitted in writing, and the number of submissions by local residents in opposition to the application no doubt had influence in this outcome.


Now we have an application for 53 new dwellings behind the houses on the north side of the road. St Albans City and District Council are opposed to the development but the developer has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate for permission. This appeal is to be decided by the “Hearing” method.


The appeal process has already started, and the Planning Inspector is again inviting comments from all local residents and interested parties. It is important that the Planning Inspector is fully aware of the strength of local opposition to this development and is made aware of all the reasons why this development should not go ahead.


We are therefore asking all local residents to email the Planning Inspector. For address details to which to send your comments, please see below.

If you would like help with formulating your submission, suggestions are available at the link below:


A key consideration in the decision will be whether the Planning Inspector considers the site to be sustainable in transport terms (i.e. are local services and facilities available from the site without using a car). To get an accurate picture of the situation, please help us by completing a short survey by following the link below.


The evidence for and against this application will be put forward to the Planning Inspector in a public hearing to be held in the Council Chamber at the Civic Offices in St Albans on 13th February. All members of the public are welcome to attend. If you are not able to attend in person, we will be asking you to log in to the webcast of the event on the day to make sure that the Planning Inspector is fully aware of the interest in this case.


The application site forms part of the last remaining piece of Green Belt separating our village from St Albans. It is crucial that we fight to protect it to prevent Chiswell Green from becoming subsumed into St Albans.





  1. Read our ideas for comments here:
  2. Submit your comments by 5th January along with your name and address, to the case officer:
  3. Complete our short transport survey which is specific to this application:
  4. Please register your email address with us so that we can send you updates (updates are only sent when there is important information to be communicated and we never share your details with anyone else):
CLICK HERE to view this Planning Application on the SADC website

Together we CAN stop the destruction of our Green Belt!

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