New Local Plan

Introduction

The Local Plan defines the framework for development in the district over a fifteen year period, including the policies that any development must comply with, the designation of sites between categories of use (including Green Belt) and sites for major development over that period.

The Local Plan is different from the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan, that was recently approved at referendum, as it covers the whole of Three Rivers, covers a wider range of policies than is possible in a Neighbourhood Plan and identifies a series of sites that will be developed over the next 15 years. Whilst the Neighbourhood Plan will be important in influencing development in the Parish, it cannot override the Local Plan and so it is vital that residents have their say on this plan.

You can now sign the petition to call upon TRDC to withdraw the Local Plan and revise it to protect our environment whilst delivering the homes we need.

Consultation

The new Three Rivers Local Plan was issued for consultation which closed on 20th August 2021.

This was the first formal consultation on the plan (known as a Regulation 18 Consultation) and, though there are later consultations on the plan, was the best chance for the public to effect change in the plan.

You may still be able to contact Three Rivers District Council regarding the New Local Plan by email or post:

  • Email to: localplanconsult@threerivers.gov.uk or
  • Writing to: Economic & Sustainable Development , Three Rivers District Council, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, WD3 1RL.

CRA Submission to TRDC

On 19th August 2021, Jane Tozer (CRA Chairman) submitted CRA’s response to the consultation.

You can use the buttons on the right to view the email and attachments.

Included in the submission is a copy of the response from the Three Rivers Joint Residents’ Association which we fully support.

CRA Analysis of the sites

There are a series of sites proposed around Chorleywood and your association carried out an analysis of these which you can read by clicking on the CRA Analysis of the Sites button on the right.  There is also a summary available by clicking on the Summary Analysis button.

Chorleywood Residents’ Association, along with Residents’ Associations across the district, believes the Local Plan contains plans for significantly too much housing resulting in unnecessary damage to our environment and, in particular, Green Belt. Independent analysis shows that the Three Rivers district needs approximately 4,800 new homes over the fifteen-year period of the plan to provide sufficient homes for local residents including ensuring that there are enough homes to bring the proportion of the population in all age groups who are householders back to at least that seen at the start of this century. The plan put forward for consultation contains approximately double this amount, resulting in more land being handed over to development than necessary and, potentially, new homes being built without an obvious demand.

Reflecting this, Residents Associations across Three Rivers are preparing a petition requesting that the current Local Plan be withdrawn and new version delivering just the required level of housing and with much less damage to our environment be provided.

CRA Analysis of Policies

We have received queries from residents on how best to comment on the policy elements of the new Local Plan. Having reviewed the online submission portal for the Local Plan, whilst the portal for sites is quite helpful as all the Chorleywood sites are grouped together, the portal for comments on the policies is not so helpful and is difficult to follow. Therefore, we recommend that residents reply by email to  localplanconsult@threerivers.gov.uk .

Please find alongside this article a link to some brief comments on the proposed policies in the new TRDC Local Plan which are seen as critical, and which may help residents comment on the policies if they so wish.  Chorleywood Residents’ Association will provide full comments to the council and will post these to our website once submitted.

Petition

As mentioned in the June 2021 newsletter, Chorleywood Residents’ Association, along with Residents’ Associations across the district, believes TRDC’s proposed Local Plan contains plans for significantly too much housing resulting in unnecessary damage to our environment and, in particular, Green Belt. 

Independent analysis shows that the Three Rivers district needs approximately 4,800 new homes over the fifteen-year period of the plan to provide sufficient homes for local residents including ensuring that there are enough homes to bring the proportion of the population in all age groups who are householders back to at least that seen at the start of this century. 

The plan put forward for consultation contains approximately double this amount, resulting in more land being handed over to development than necessary and, potentially, new homes being built without an obvious demand.

We call upon Three Rivers District Council to withdraw this plan and revise it to better protect our environment whilst delivering the homes we need.

If you agree, please sign the petition at: http://chng.it/2Rn7drtf 

(The petition uses https://www.change.org/ and after signing you are given an option to “chip in”.  This is optional, and if you choose to do this any money you donate goes to change.org and not to the residents’ associations)

The more support there is for this petition, the more likely it is that Three Rivers District Council will listen to our voices and protect our environment.

As of 21st August 2021 there are over 1850 signatories.

Some residents have asked if the Council withdrawing the current plan might result in a revised plan adding back sites that are currently excluded.  We believe the opposite is true. 

TRDC taking forward a plan with materially lower numbers of new homes is the most effective way to keep the excluded sites out of the plan.  If the Council is not fully committed to such a plan, to properly protect Green Belt with lower housing numbers, other sites might be added back before the plan is finalised – including the currently excluded sites around Chorleywood. 

The best way for us to protect Chorleywood’s countryside character is for TRDC to fully reflect the land constraints in a district which is 76% Green Belt, by using the government’s stated, and recently restated, policy to allow such adjustments to be made.

Click here to sign the Petition

We call upon Three Rivers District Council to withdraw this plan and revise it to better protect our environment whilst delivering the homes we need.

(The petition uses https://www.change.org/ and after signing you are given an option to “chip in”.  This is optional, and if you choose to do this any money you donate goes to change.org and not to the residents’ associations)