Protected land at Church Road – Article 4 direction

Dacorum Borough Council have made an Article 4 direction which helps to protect land at Church Road. For details please see the files attached.
If you wish to support DBC and write to them please see contact details below.
Representations concerning this Article 4(1) Direction can be made to the local planning authority by e-mail:
or by writing to: Planning Department, Dacorum Borough Council, The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN.
These representations can be made to Dacorum Borough Council between 14 November 2019 and 15 December 2019.

Sealed Art. 4 Direction (Land SE Church rd Lt Gad) Map (004)ARTICLE 4(1)

DIRECTION PUBLIC NOTICE Land SE of Church Rd Lt Gad (003)

Land advertised for sale in Church Road, Little Gaddesden

The land which has been put up for sale in a number of plots is some of the most highly protected land in Hertfordshire.

The planning restrictions on the land are extensive:

* The land is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Chilterns AONB) – similar protection as National Parks.

* No new housing development is permitted in Little Gaddesden – Dacorum Core Strategy / Local Planning Framework.

* Part of the land is in the Village Conservation Area.

* The land borders a Grade One listed Heritage Asset – The Church. The views of the Church from the rest of the village are considered part of the heritage of the village.

* The Planning Authority, Dacorum Borough Council, have made an Article 4(1) Direction – removing Permitted Development Rights related to fencing, access from Church Road and temporary use of the land.

* The land is agricultural/equestrian land in a rural area.

* The land has numerous footpaths crossing it, including the Chiltern Way.

The Parish Council will always fight plans to build on this historic land.

New Picnic Bench in Church Road

Barry Deadman asked the Parish Council if he could place a picnic bench on the playing fields at Church Road in order to commemorate his wife Barbara, who passed away this year. She used to enjoy the play area with her grandchildren and her other connection with the village was that she kept the two Shetland Ponies in the paddock behind the school.  Here, her friends and family attend the installation ceremony.

London Luton Airport Ltd – Expansion Consultation

We are consulting and asking for your feedback on our expansion plans to make best use of the runway at London Luton Airport. We are London Luton Airport Ltd – the company that owns London Luton Airport.

Expanding London Luton Airport to handle up to 32 million passengers a year would bring significant benefits that would be shared locally, regionally and nationally.

We recognise that our proposals would bring impacts, for the environment and people who live and work nearby.

We are committed to minimising and mitigating these impacts and are setting out measures to tackle them, including for noise, climate change, air quality and transport.

Our consultation begins on Wednesday 16 October and ends at 11:59pm on Monday 16 December. Our proposed development for achieving phased airport growth to 2039 will be displayed at a series of consultation events in your area.

At the events you will have an opportunity to view the proposals, speak to members of the expert project team, and provide your feedback.

Since our first consultation held in summer 2018, we have reviewed all of the feedback provided to help develop our proposals.

We are consulting again now to show you how our plans have developed, and to hear your views.’

Local Mayor Opens Village Basketball Court and Outdoor Gym Equipment


On the gloriously sunny day at the Village Sports Day on 8 September 2019, Mayor of Dacorum, Councillor Terry Douris joined an impressive turnout of Council Members and local villagers in congratulating (ex-Councillor) Rachel Heaphy and Councillor and Vice Chair Kathryn Magson and local teens for all their hard work to fund this new equipment. Teens had met with each other (and even set up a WhatsApp discussion Group) to discuss what they felt the village needed in June of last year and put their proposals to the Council. Then then helped run a Village Curry and Quiz Evening where they pledged a variety of jobs and services around the village at a silent auction to help raise funds. This sum was supported by a number of village groups (VPA, Gadd Soc, Football Club and Cricket Club) including money from the Parish Council, and finally augmented by an impressive contribution from Lawton Trust. Raising a whopping £15,000 in total which enabled the Council to make their ideas a reality in less than a year from start to finish!
Our thanks to Rachel, Kathryn and the rest of the Council, our village teens and their village supporters at various events together with all our sponsors for generating this impressive sum and then executing the plan so efficiently!
Councillor, Kathryn Magson would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who helped make this significant project happen. This is a huge achievement for the younger members of our community.
Playing Fields Liaison, Councillor Lyn Hyde, campaigned/raised funds for the original Church Road play equipment 10 years ago and has worked tirelessly on the Village Playgrounds on Church Road and Cromer Close. She attended the ceremony and said “It’s great to see both old and young alike using the new equipment and it’s great to see our sports field space have so many facilities for our community to use.”
Lyn has recently been involved in making sure the equipment on both sites is safe and refurbished using Council funds for recent re-painting works, following our Annual ROSPA Report on the play facilities. Parish Clerk, Alastair Greene is now also qualified to carry out a monthly inspection after attending a playground inspection course.
Watch this space for further improvements to the Church Road Playground, including resurfacing of the flooring around the roundabout.

How to Contact Us
If you have any comments about the Playing Areas at Church Road or Cromer Close or have any suggestions about how they can be improved, please contact Lyn Hyde or Sarah Lawson in the first instance [click here for details] or come along to our monthly Council Meetings (held the third Monday of every month at the Village Hall at 8pm. For details of future Meetings and the Minutes of Past meetings, go to Parish Council, Meetings (Minutes and Agendas)
Authors: Sarah Lawson and Kathryn Magson

This new web site

The Parish Council has been fortunate over a number of years to share the Gaddesden Society web site and our news and policies have been hosted there. However, ‘Best Practice’ these days is for every Parish Council to have a dedicated web site, hence this new web site created by a company called ‘Town and Parish Council web sites’. The Parish Council were very lucky to receive the development of the site for no charge (as we were the 100th web site to be created by this Company). However we will have a maintenance charge and support charge and we have budgeted for that.

The Clerk, Alastair Greene and Councillor Sarah Lawson will be the main editors of the content and would welcome suggestions for items to be covered and links to be created.




A lovely village occasion

Lady Marian Alford Memorial

The Parish Council with support from DBC Councillor Terry Douris have funded the restoration of the Lady Marian Alford Memorial and to celebrate the completion of the works a little ceremony of thanks and rededication of the memorial was held on Tuesday 19th June 2018. Roger Bolton explained to the gathered audience a little of the history of Lady Marian and the Vicar John Russell re-dedicated the memorial, then Councillors Rachel Heaphy and Lyn Hyde offered everyone cream teas

Lady Marian died in 1888 and a collection was taken for a memorial.  The donors ranged from Victorian nobility to her estate workers.  The cross and seat at the entrance to Ashridge Park were erected in her memory and were unveiled three years later in 1891 on her birthday, Sunday 21st June. For some years after Mrs Wheatley, wife of Lord Brownlow’s Estate Agent, kept alive the memory of Lady Marian’s goodness among the children of Little Gaddesden by distributing bags of sweets each year to children gathered near the cross on the anniversary.