Secretary of State dismisses Tring planning appeal

An appeal for planning permission in Tring has been dismissed by the Secretary of State. 

The developer, Redrow and Harrow Estates, had submitted an application to build 1,400 homes and associated infrastructure on land east of Marshcroft Farm in Tring in April 2022. We refused the planning application because the proposed benefits were not considered to outweigh the substantial level of harm to the Green Belt. Other harms were identified, including the impact on the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the loss of agricultural land. 

The developer lodged an appeal with the Government’s Planning Inspectorate in November 2022. On 21 December 2022, this appeal was sent to the Secretary of State to make a decision. A public inquiry took place between 7 March and 5 May 2023 to discuss the key issues including housing supply, highways, landscape and visual impacts and Green Belt.

The Planning Inspector recommended that the appeal be allowed and planning permission be granted subject to conditions. However, the Secretary of State disagreed with the Inspector's decision and dismissed the appeal. 

You can read the full report on the Planning Inspectorate website