Latest News on Chilterns Green Belt Planning Inquiry

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Thank you to the CCG (Chiltern Countryside Group) for providing this update.

Here’s the latest news from the Planning Inquiry now under way (Appeal ref:  APP/A1910/W/22/3309923) in Hemel Hempstead into Dacorum Borough Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for developers, Redrow, to build 1,400 houses and associated roads on cultivated agricultural Green Belt land abutting the Chilterns AONB, on the Eastern edge of Tring between Station Road and Bulbourne Road. The original planning application attracted a large number of comments, with almost 100% being against the development.

The Planning Inspector will be more impressed if larger numbers of the public and local Councillors could attend. The CCG urges you to attend whenever possible.

We understand that the opportunity for the public to speak directly to the inquiry has now passed but that the Inspector will consider written questions. Please submit these directly to the planning inspector by emailing

The Inquiry is not sitting this week but will recommence on Wednesday 22 March.

Below are the key discussion topics :

  • Wed 22 from 2pm – Ecology (CPRE at 2pm), Built Heritage, Socio-economic
  • Thurs 23 from 9.30am – Highways  (Peter Davidson Grove Fields Residents Association), Education
  • Fri 24 9.30am – Agriculture, Energy & sustainability, Flood risk
  • 29-31 March – Landscape and Green Belt (Community Objectors Group)

The week of 29-31 March is key when the joint Chiltern Society, CPRE and GFRA (COG) Planning Consultant and Barrister will present and defend the case for preservation of Landscape and Green Belt.

Their opening statement delivered on 7 March, the first day of the inquiry, can be read here:

See the following link for details on times, location and how to watch the inquiry online if you cannot attend in person: Public inquiries ( There is no facility to contribute if you view online.

Attending the Inquiry is very simple – just go along for as little or as long as you can spare, there is no need to register beforehand. Parking is easy at Water Meadows, Hemel and not over-expensive.

We believe your attendance can help to make a difference.

Thanks for your ongoing support as we all work together to protect our beloved Chilterns and its precious landscape.  If anyone needs copies of earlier newsletters on this topic, please contact the Chiltern Countryside Group at