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.

The new local plan has been issued for consultation until 20th August.  See below for details of the plan, CRA’s analysis of the proposed sites and how to respond.

Consultation

The new Three Rivers Local Plan has now been issued for consultation. This is the first formal consultation on the plan (known as a Regulation 18 Consultation) and, though there are later consultations on the plan, this is probably the best chance for the public to effect change in the plan. This consultation has been extended and will now run until 20th August.

Whatever your feelings about this plan we strongly recommend that you make your views known to the council – this is your best opportunity to influence what will happen in our district over the next 15+ years.

CRA Analysis of the sites

There are a series of sites proposed around Chorleywood and your association is carrying 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. As soon as the link to this petition is available we will provide details to residents.

How to respond to the consultation

The council’s preferred way for you to respond to is through the online consultation portal. The consultation portal for Part 1 and Part 2 of the consultation can be accessed using the buttons to the right.

Alternatively, you can respond to the Local Plan Regulation 18 Preferred Policy Options and Sites for Potential Allocation Consultation by:

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

Petition

As mentioned in the June 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.

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)