Page12 - Planning: the Association is there to help you

Chorleywood has for many years been regarded as a very desirable area in which to live, mainly because of the low density of housing. The Drive is one of the most sought after locations within Chorieywood with excellent examples of metropolitan houses and others with very generous sized plots, writes Annette Naughton, our planning correspondent.

We have over the years seen a continuous increase of over development, demolishing existing properties and replacing them by two detached dwellings. You will see further on in this report we opposed the demolition of 62 The Drive, where the owner is seeking to build two enormous properties on this single plot. The Residents' Association is opposed to such developments and has supported residents to stop these from happening and will continue to do so.

Your Residents' Association has given its support to the following objections:

Erection of two dwellings on Hill Farm, Stag Lane:
The proposal involves changing the use of agricultural building into two dwellings. The development would have a significant adverse effect on the appearance of the landscape and openness of the green belt and would fail to safeguard the countryside from encroachment.

62 The Drive:
Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of two extremely large detached dwellings. An appeal has already been raised and we hope the inspector will be minded to support our objection.

Tythe barn renovation at Micklefield Hall:
The main issue for Chorleywood residents, as this is actually in the Sarratt
parish, is the case against the increased traffic in Solesbridge Lane. All European Satellite navigation systems are programmed to direct transport from junction 18 of the M25 guiding them through Solesbridge Lane
that already has a width restriction.

Beulah House and Wainhill Common Road, Chorleywood:
Demolition of existing dwellings and erection of four storey building 14 x 3 bed flats. This has been rejected by the Three Rivers District Council.

Your Association is here to help you, but unless you make the initial contact it is unlikely that the matter will be taken forward and your concerns will not be addressed. Contact telephone numbers of members of the executive committee or of your area representative are set out on the back page of your Newsletter. Please use us we are here to help!

Micklefield Hall

Micklefield Hall was designed by Sir John Soane in the early 18th Century and stands in beautiful parkland in the parish of Sarratt. The grade ll listed Georgian house is used for weddings, corporate events and as a film location for many popular TV dramas.

The owners of the Hall are proposing to convert the existing grade II listed Tithe Bam from an agricultural building into an event and function venue. The venue currently has a licence for 28 events throughout the year, with the new planning application to upgrade the barn; the owners are proposing 65 events per calendar year.

There is some concern for local residents regarding the increased traffic, in particular on Solesbridge Lane. This road already has a width restriction in place and seems to be the main route down to Micklefield Hall. There is also concern over the increase in noise once the new licence has been granted. Of course we want the Tithe Barn restored and the owners to have a viable business but with care and consideration for the surrounding neighbours.