Proposal by Chilterns Hills Golf Limited to build 700 to 800 dwellings on Green Street East
There is much concern locally over the proposed housing development off Green Street.
Following the recent exhibition at the Golf Club, CRA held a public meeting that was attended by between 80 and 100 residents, to give their views and hear how the process is expected to evolve. The feedback we’ve received is that the meeting was useful. We are sorry there wasn’t enough room for all who wanted to attend.
You may be aware that the Green Street site was already being considered as a potential site for development as part of the ‘Local Plan Call for Sites’. Your Residents’ Association carried out a full analysis of the issues pertaining to this site, which it provided to TRDC planners this time last year. A copy of this analysis can be found on our website through this link:
Our public meeting asked for more information on the process and timings, so here are brief notes on how we can expect it to proceed and when we should respond. All planning applications go through this process, which is governed by predefined rules:
There is no value in objecting to Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) until a planning application has been submitted. This is because planning officers can only take comments once a formal planning application is received and an official number is allocated. This is expected to be in January 2020.
Whilst it is not yet the right time to comment, the association felt it was important to hold the first public meeting now, as the available timescale when the application has been submitted will be short. Early engagement enables time to gather any evidence and for residents to organise for responses at the appropriate time.
The council provide 21 days for comments to be submitted to them. CRA will be checking the TRDC Planning Website and advise residents once the application is open for comments, along with further information about how best to provide comments.
As part of the decision-making process, the Chorleywood Parish Council Planning Committee will consider the application and, if they have significant concerns, can require any decision on the application to be made in public by the TRDC Planning Committee (which is made up of TRDC councillors rather than officers).
At both Parish and TRDC Planning Committees there is the opportunity for one objector and one supporter to make a short presentation to the committee, before they decide.
Depending on the timing of the submission, it is likely that the application will be considered at the 28th January or 3rd March meetings of the Parish Planning Committee, and the 27th February or 19th March meetings of the TRDC Planning Committee.
Whilst writing to the planning officers before the submission of the application is of no value, you may wish to contact your local Councillor. However, please bear in mind that TRDC Councillors on the Planning Committee can listen but not respond. This is because they might then be thought to have a decided position beforehand, and they would have to recuse themselves from the decision-making process. Details of TRDC councillors can be found at https://www.threerivers.gov.uk/egcl-page/ward-councillors. Local councillors currently on the Planning Committee are Raj Khiroya and Marilyn Butler.
As the process evolves, CRA will communicate to residents through its eNewsletters, Twitter and Facebook accounts, providing further advice and guidance. Please encourage neighbours and friends who may not receive regular communications from CRA to sign up via our website – it is very easy to do here www.chorleywoodresidents.co.uk/mailing-list. Being on the mailing list is free and users can easily unsubscribe later if they wish.
The CRA is a volunteer run organisation with very limited funds. Our funds come through annual donations and the 100 Club, where residents can contribute and have the chance to win cash prizes in a monthly draw. Details of how to support the association can be found at: http://www.chorleywoodresidents.co.uk/support-us.
Whilst we don’t have the funds to employ professional help to support resident’s concerns, the CRA does have considerable expertise on our Executive Committee, and can help residents to understand the process and formulate comments to send to the planning authorities. Our planning experts are Jon Bishop and Richard Dwyer. Once the planning application is submitted, they will analyse the proposals and provide further guidance on how to submit comments along with information on legitimate planning objections for inclusion in individual responses. Individual responses are important as the number of these carries more weight than a single response from CRA.
During the remainder of this year, CRA will attempt to have further contact with the site owner to discuss the concerns of residents and possibly suggest a smaller scheme which could have benefits for Chorleywood.This would be in terms of extra local trade and the more varied housing types needed in our area, without the potential significant negative impacts of the current proposal.
Please note that whilst this communication is largely directed at the development in the Green Street area, CRA exists to provide guidance to residents on a wide range of issues in Chorleywood Parish and to help residents in making the right connections to resolve those issues. In accordance with our commitment to represent all residents of Chorleywood, the Residents’ Association will provide advice and guidance to all residents, whatever their view, on how to comment on any issue. At any time you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.