Homeowners at the Cala Homes Roman Park Development in Tring, Hertfordshire, are shocked and stunned to learn of a major supermarket planned for the new housing development.
What was identified on the plans as office space, now has a planning application for a Lidl supermarket, apparently larger than the current Tesco – with access through the actual housing development, and with parking for 102 cars.
Existing residents of the new development feel they have been misled and although they agree that a small independent shop would be useful, or better still a doctor’s surgery, feel the proposed development is too large for the site, with insufficient infrastructure and is inconsistent with Dacorum’s local plan:
- Congestion – from customer traffic and 54 ft HGVs using the residential roads of Icknield Way and Sears Drive
- Noise pollution – from HGV deliveries, audible reversing, increased traffic, shopping trolleys and noisy refrigeration units
- Light pollution – from 6am to 10.30pm impacting local residents, wildlife and the Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty
- Unsafe roads – from restricted access for emergency vehicles, queuing traffic, HGVs navigating turnings and increased traffic
- Crime – from increased likelihood of anti-social behaviour and inappropriate use of car park when the store is closed
- Loss of business for High Street shops – from encouraging people to shop out of town and loss of trade to smaller convenient stores
Comments to the plans must be submitted online by 18 July 2022.
Visit www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/planning-development/planning-applications and search for planning application 22/01962/MFA or planning.dacorum.gov.uk/publicaccess if you already have a login.