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An e-newsletter from the Executive Committee
Chorleywood Residents' Association
November 2018

This additional e-Newsletter is published by Chorleywood Residents' Association to help inform and support Residents with regards to the creation of the New Local Plan by Three Rivers District Council.

Given the importance of this topic to Chorleywood, please share this e-Newsletter with your contacts and encourage them to join our mailing list which they can do via our website.


In our October e-Newsletter we highlighted that Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) had published a Potential Sites Document on Friday 26th October, and that a period of non-statutory consultation would run for six weeks ending at 5:00pm on Friday 7th December 2018.

This is part of the creation of a New Local Plan.  This new Local Plan will directly influence planning decisions within TRDC, including Chorleywood, for the next 10-15 years.  

The Executive Committee of Chorleywood Residents’ Association (CRA) met on 5th November to discuss and agree how to help inform and support Residents through this process.

In this first additional e-Newsletter we provide some key information regarding the creation of the new Local Plan and the Proposed Sites Document.  

Three Rivers District Council Website

This e-Newsletter reproduces some information from the Three Rivers District Council website.  Readers are reminded that TRDC is the definitive source and that information is subject to change.


The new Local Plan - Why and When?

The TRDC Potential Sites document sets out the reason that a new Local Plan is being prepared:

“We have an existing plan for Three Rivers which needs to be reviewed to respond to changes introduced by the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published in July 2018. Specifically, the new Local Plan will need to allocate enough land for development to provide for homes, employment and other uses as informed by local evidence and using the Government’s standard methodology for calculating housing needs set out in National Planning Guidance. This standardised approach will be used by all District and Borough Councils across the UK.

Applying the Government’s standard methodology means that we have to look to plan for approximately 600 homes each year for the next fifteen years.”


This figure of 600 homes each year is across all 13 regions within TRDC.  It compares to the current Local Plan figure of 180 homes each year.

The TRDC Potential Sites document also gives an indicative timetable for production of the local plan as follows:

  • Issues & Options and Call for Sites Consultation – July 2017 COMPLETED
  • Potential Sites Consultation – October 2018   HAPPENING NOW
  • Draft Local Plan – September 2019  
  • Submission to the Secretary of State – February 2020  
  • Examination – Autumn 2020  Adoption – December 2020

The TRDC Potential Sites document explains the purpose of the current consultation:

“This document seeks your views on the sites that were submitted in response to our Call for Sites exercises. At this stage we are still considering the sites and no decisions have been made as to whether any of the sites will be allocated for future development requirements.”

TRDC have indicated that one of the main purposes of the consultation is to give residents the opportunity to provide TRDC with any local knowledge about the sites that could help with their assessments going forward.  

This consultation is for 6 weeks only and ends at 5:00pm on Friday 7th December 2018.  

Further consultation is planned to take place in 2019, but responses should be made now to the Potential Sites Consultation to shape the new Draft Local Plan.


Potential Impact on Chorleywood

Overall, the target for development of new housing in Three Rivers has increased more than threefold from 180 a year currently to over 600 a year in the new plan or 9,600 houses over 15 years. To be clear, the council have no choice about accepting this increased target as without a Local Plan that can deliver on the required targets there is the potential for a planning free for all.

The consultation document on potential sites issued identifies the potential for up to 3,000 new houses being built around Chorleywood village, principally in Green Belt, potentially doubling the population of the village and resulting in Chorleywood being merged into Rickmansworth and Maple Cross. The potential impact of such an increase on the village could be horrendous, including:

  • Local schools being unable to accommodate the children of all local residents with children being forced to travel to primary and secondary schools outside of the area.
  • Increased pressure on local doctors surgeries
  • Significant increases of volumes of traffic on local roads that are already struggling to cope, particularly on narrow country lanes on which many of the proposed sites are based.
  • Making parking in the village even more difficult than it already is.
  • Further crowding on the tubes compounded by the expected expansion of Chalfont and Latimer further down the line.

Chorleywood Potential Sites and Map

The Potential Sites Document is for all 13 regions within TRDC.  Chorleywood is from page 48 to 53 of the document.  This is illustrated in the reproduction below.  There are two further sites in Loudwater not shown on this reproduction.  They can be seen on the full map on page 53 of the Potential Sites document

In total for Chorleywood there are 15 sites, ranging from 5-10 dwelling capacity up to over 1500 on one site!  The Site Reference indicates the source.

  • 8 from Call for Sites (CFS)
  • 3 from Previously Considered Sites (PCS)
  • 1 from Other Sites Put Forward (OSPF)
  • 3 from Additional Call for Sites (ACFS)

The table below summarises the sites.  This is taken from the Potential Sites Document.

 Site Ref  Address  Indicative
 Dwelling Capacity
 CFS16  Land at Chorleywood Station (station car park and adjoining land)  115-185
 CFS18  Hill Farm, Stag Lane, Chorleywood  130-215
 PCS4  East Green Street, Chorleywood  680-900
 OSPF3  Land at Heronsgate, Chorleywood 1120-1680
 CFS15  Alabama & Waverley, Chenies Road, Chorleywood  40-60
 CFS17  Birdwood, Land at Hill Farm, Stag Lane, Chorleywood  35-55
 CFS29  Land at 2 Sarratt Lane  25-40
 CFS30  Land rear of Branksome Lodge  15-30
 CFS57  Pheasants Ridge Gap, Berry Lane, Chorleywood  15-25
 CFS72  Solesbridge Lane, Chorleywood  5-10
 ACFS1  Heath House, Rickmansworth Road, Chorleywood  5-10
 ACFS5  Pond Field, Hall Farm, West Clayton  15-25
 ACFS6  Home Field, Berry Lane, West Clayton  10-20
 PCS6  Hall Farm, Berry Lane, Chorleywood  30-50
 PCS7  Hall Farm, Shepherds Lane, Chorleywood  25-40

Responding to the consultation

The New Local Plan page of the TRDC website provides email and postal contact information for responding to the consultation, and you have until 5:00pm on Friday 7th December 2018 to do this.

Chorleywood Residents’ Association is reviewing the Potential Sites shown above and intending to provide some guidance in a further e-Newsletter to assist Residents’ who wish to respond to the consultation.

Please encourage your contacts to join our mailing list in order to receive these important updates by using the Mailing tab on our website at

This newsletter is for information purposes and may carry unedited items from other organisations within Chorleywood at editor's discretion and for that purpose only. No direct or indirect support of any items, organisations or views expressed is implied by the Association unless specifically stated.
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