Fears hotel plan will cause more town congestion

Rose & Crown Tring
Rose & Crown Tring

A HOTEL’S plans to transform a town centre have been opposed.

Tring Town Council objected to plans for 29 luxury homes and extending the restaurant into an alfresco dining area at the Rose & Crown in High Street.

At a planning meeting last night (Monday), Councillor John Allan said: “Traffic has certainly increased in the High Street [since the original application].

“All they have done is widened the entrance to the High Street and provide a passing place and say the cars from the High Street have priority. That really does not resolve the problem.”

Town councillors discussed whether the hotel should be allowed to extend its planning application – accepted in 2005 by Dacorum Borough Council despite town council objections over traffic – for a further three years.

Mayor of Tring Roxanne Ransley said: “We have the same concerns over the amount of traffic and overdevelopment of the site.

“I am concerned that if we give them another three years they will put it back on hold and the people living there are left in limbo.”

Project manager Innes Gray told The Gazette last week that work will start this year subject to planning permission. He said: “I don’t believe the traffic generation from this development will be any more than the existing traffic. I believe it will be less.

“These flats are likely to appeal to a large proportion of the retiring market.”

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