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
|| Land at Chorleywood Station (station car park and adjoining land)
|| Hill Farm, Stag Lane, Chorleywood
|| East Green Street, Chorleywood
|| Land at Heronsgate, Chorleywood
|| Alabama & Waverley, Chenies Road, Chorleywood
|| Birdwood, Land at Hill Farm, Stag Lane, Chorleywood
|| Land at 2 Sarratt Lane
|| Land rear of Branksome Lodge
|| Pheasants Ridge Gap, Berry Lane, Chorleywood
|| Solesbridge Lane, Chorleywood
|| Heath House, Rickmansworth Road, Chorleywood
|| Pond Field, Hall Farm, West Clayton
|| Home Field, Berry Lane, West Clayton
|| Hall Farm, Berry Lane, Chorleywood
|| Hall Farm, Shepherds Lane, Chorleywood
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 www.chorleywoodresidents.co.uk