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This information 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.

A period of non-statutory consultation ran for eight weeks with a closing date for submissions of 5:00pm on Friday 21st 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.  

Chorleywood Residents' Association submission to TRDC

CRA Submission to TRDC 18th December 2018

On 18th December 2018, Chorleywood Residents' Association submitted a response to TRDC.

Dear Sir / Madam

Re: Local Plan  Potential Sites for Consultation

In response to the Local Plan Potential Sites For Consultation, Chorleywood Residents Association has gathered information from local residents, business, schools, GP surgeries and other establishments and, using this, conducted an analysis against: 

the criteria relevant to sites defined in the National Planning Policy Framework,
the Sustainability Framework being used by the district to evaluate sites, and
general planning considerations.

From this, attached is a summary of our detail analysis on each site which we would ask that you use in the development the Local Plan and in selecting preferred sites. 

... See full letter

Click on the image above, or on the link on the right to see the full letter and detailed site by site analysis.

In addition to this submission and review of Sites, Chorleywood Resident's Association have also written to TRDC and councillors, recommending that an alternative, much more strategic solution is required.

See full letter

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.  They can be seen on the full map on page 53 of the Potential Sites document

CRA Map of potential sites

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

CRA Review of Potential Sites

Chorleywood Residents Association, having undertaken an analysis of each of the sites against the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which is the governments guidance to local authorities on planning matters, provide some suggested comments that residents may wish to include in feedback they make to Three Rivers District Council on the plan proposals. 

These are just suggestions for inclusion in residents’ responses. Please do not copy them verbatim but use your own words as this will have more impact on TRDC and add any other observations you may have. Our analysis against the NPPF criteria needs bolstering with your local knowledge.

Follow the links below to see an overall summary, and also site by site reviews.

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Call to Action - 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 21st December 2018 to do this.

Responses to the  consultation can be submitted in writing in one of the following ways:
  • By email to:
  • By post to: Economic & Sustainable Development, Three Rivers District Council, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, Herts  WD3 1RL 
TRDC have asked that include your name and address when responding.

You only have until 5:00pm on Friday 21st December 2018 to do this and it is vital that as many people as possible make their views known. 

For More Information

Three Rivers District Council Website

Readers are reminded that TRDC is the definitive source and that information is subject to change.