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Resident Support on Planning matters

The Residents' Association is here to help our members where they raise objections to planning applications which may have a detrimental effect on their lives and property.

Members of the Committee attend development control meetings and liaise directly with the Planning Officers at Three Rivers District Council giving our members up to date information and support to successfully oppose an application.

For those who are thinking of putting in an application you can get help and advice prior to submitting the plans from a Planning Officer. Three Rivers District have an officer available every weekday from 10am to 1pm to give advice to the public on planning matters.

If you would like to contact us, please e-mail planning@chorleywoodresidents.co.uk

Lidl planning application submitted for Rickmansworth

posted 30 Nov 2013, 12:02 by Tomo

We wrote previously about the Lidl proposal for Rickmansworth - Lidl approached many local residents directly via a mailshot about their proposed supermarket on the site of the former Police Station in Rickmansworth, and ran a community engagement event in Mill End.

Lidl have now submitted their planning application under reference 13/2077/FUL on 15th November 2013, and residents have until Friday 6th December to submit comments on the application. You can view the application online.

As we stated previously, there were general comments made in favour of the concept of a low-cost retailer such as Lidl in our local area. However there were concerns expressed about the proposed plans for Rickmansworth, the visual appearance of the development as proposed and traffic management issues at this specific site.

Whilst the locality is a generally affluent area, and we are fortunate to have a good mix of both vibrant independent local retailers as well as a good selection national chains in our local area. However, not all of our residents are fortunate enough to be able to be able afford to shop on every occasion in the existing local retailers. One comment from a local resident in the recent past regarding the slow off-peak Metropolitan Line services was that these services had the benefit that it made it easier for them to get to Pinner without a change from Chorleywood where there is a Lidl at the top of the high street there, as they could not afford many of the existing options.

We are a little disappointed that Lidl at this time have not sought to address some of the concerns raised by many residents, specifically the visual impact of the development to Rectory Road, however in the covering letter to the planning department Lidl have stated that they are open to discussions on this point.

Lidl proposal for Rickmansworth

posted 27 Oct 2013, 12:37 by Tomo

Many residents will have received a letter recently from Lidl about their proposal for a new store in Rickmansworth. They are promoting a new neighbourhood discount food store at the former Rickmansworth Police Station site on Rectory Road, Rickmansworth. Lidl have already purchased the site from Hertfordshire Constabulary.

You can see more about their proposals online at http://www.lidlrickmansworth.co.uk/
And you can see an example of the communication that has been sent out.

The proposal was briefly discussed recently at a recent Executive Committee meeting, and there were general comments made in favour of the concept of a low-cost retailer such as Lidl in our local area. However there were concerns expressed about the proposed plans for Rickmansworth, the visual appearance of the development as proposed and traffic management issues at this specific site.

Whilst Chorleywood is a generally affluent area, and we are fortunate to have a good mix of both vibrant independent local retailers as well as a good selection national chains in our local area. However, not all of our residents are fortunate enough to be able to be able afford to shop on every occasion in the existing local retailers. One comment from a local resident in the recent past regarding the slow off-peak Metropolitan Line services was that these services had the benefit that it made it easier for them to get to Pinner without a change from Chorleywood where there is a Lidl at the top of the high street there, as they could not afford many of the existing options.

At the time of writing, Lidl have not put forward a firm proposal to Three Rivers District Council regarding their plans. 
So in the meantime residents have the opportunity to feed back directly to Lidl.

Lidl say on their website...

If you have any questions or queries that can not be resolved by the information provided, please feel free to contact us on:
Telephone: 020 8905 8766
Office hours: Monday-Friday; 08:00am – 18:00pm

Your feedback is very important to us and the Local Planning Authority. 

If you are in favour of our proposals then we would be grateful if you would assist us by voicing your support.
This can be done in a number of ways:

By signing our online petition – click here
By emailing us directly – forlidlrickmansworth@lidl.co.uk

Or by writing to: 
Planning & Building Control, 
Three Rivers District Council, 
c/o Lidl Wembley Property Office, 
1st Floor, 4-14 Blackbird Hill, 
Wembley. NW9 8SD. 

For those with any concerns we would also welcome your feedback. 

There has been some comment on the proposals on Twitter and someone else (not Lidl we would suggest) has put up a petition against the proposed development.

Sign the online petition against the proposal - click here

In the meantime we'll keep a watching brief on what is going on and keep you informed so you can make your own decision whether to respond to Lidl or a planning application.

Long Island Exchange - Planning Appeal

posted 27 Oct 2013, 11:51 by Tomo

The saga of the Long Island Exchange continues, now with a Planning Appeal to the Secretary of State for the Environment.
You will be aware that there have been two planning applications so far to turn the Long Island Exchange bar and hotel (the former Victoria hotel) opposite Rickmansworth station into apartments.

You can read previous articles we have written on this subject

Anyone who has previously commented upon the planning application should have received a letter like this in the post from the planning department at Three Rivers. 

All existing representations (unless parked confidential) from the planning application will be sent forward to the Planning Inspector for consideration as part of the appeals process. The appeal will be done as a written exchange of statements by both parties and a site visit from the Inspector. Residents have the opportunity to withdraw, modify, or make further representations to the proposal. To do this you should provide THREE copies of your representation by Friday 13th November 2013 to:

The Planning Inspectorate
Room 3/10b Kite Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Temple Quay
Bristol. BS1 6PN.

You can obtain a copy of "Guide to taking part in Planning Appeals" from the above office, or consult it online.


Long Island Exchange - now a listed building

posted 27 Jul 2013, 00:07 by Tomo

Further to the recent planning application to demolish the Long Island Exchange hotel in Rickmansworth, this was again rejected by the Three Rivers Planning Committee on the 20th of June, one of the directions from the Planning Committee was to direct the officers of the Council to reconsider whether the hotel should be given Listed Status.

It was reported this week in the Watford Observer that the council have now confirmed that the Long Island Exchange is "locally listed". Although the listing status cannot block the demolition of a building, it is an additional factor that both the developer and the planning committee need to take into consideration when any planning application to change the building is considered.

Although the Long Island might not be the best example of a hotel - it's evident that the current owners have had other long terms plans for the site and have possibly not invested as much as they could have otherwise in the facilities and their upkeep, hopefully they will now understand the importance that the local community place upon this long standing local hotel which is very conveniently placed not only for residents in the local area, but also those using the Metropolitan and Chiltern lines. Hopefully they might have a change of heart.

Long Island Exchange update

posted 13 Apr 2013, 04:35 by Tomo   [ updated 27 Apr 2013, 04:36 ]

New development proposals have been submitted for the Long Island Exchange in Rickmansworth. We wrote back in November that a planning application had been submitted to demolish the existing hotel and build 95 flats. The proposals were out of keeping with the local area and the Save Long Island blog helped to co-ordinate a local response against the planning application.

The developers have been on a bit of a charm offensive and all the parties who sent in an objection to the original proposals have been the lucky 
recipient of a glossy brochure (see right) setting out the revised plans which now comprises of 65 flats. The developers obviously realise that its probably in their financial interest to win some support for the new scheme. Whilst the version 2 plan is probably an improvement on the original plans, and still not of direct impact to residents in Chorleywood, it is a loss of a local hotel amenity for the Rickmansworth area. The fact that the existing hotel leaves a lot to be desired due to the current owners running it into the ground (because of their plan to develop the site) is immaterial, and there is very little other local hotel accommodation of a similar style/price in the area. If the planners approve the application are they going to modify the local plan to release other land in the Three Rivers local area for a similar hotel facility?

Residents are prompted to consider the impact of the development on the local area, and if they see fit submit a comment to the proposals. The deadline for comments is 23rd April 2013 Friday 3rd May and the planning application reference is 13/0480/FUL - comments can easily be submitted online in the Three Rivers Planning portal. The loss of amenity of local hotel accommodation can have a wider impact on both residents and businesses.

For more information and timely updates please visit the savelongisland.blogspot.co.uk blog.


Chorleywood Premier update

posted 13 Apr 2013, 04:29 by Tomo   [ updated 13 Apr 2013, 04:37 ]

Despite enforcement action taken by the Three Rivers licencing committee, Chorleywood Premier still continues to sell alcohol. As we wrote back in January Chorleywood Premier licence revoked again the licensing committee revoked the owners licence to sell alcohol. But pretty much as expected the licencee appealed the decision right up against the deadline and until the appeal is heard they were able to continue to sell alcohol.

As the wheels of justice turn slowly, it's unlikely that the appeal would have been heard by now in any case, but there has been a development whereby the appeal probably won't be heard. Ownership of the business has been transferred to a new owner, and the new owner has applied for their own licence which has been approved. The licencing committee have to take each licencing application on its own merits, and can't link the performance of a previous licencee to a new applicant, even if at the same premises. However the new licencee seem to be taking their responsibilities more seriously, and an additional camera has been installed in the shop and the sales assistants are now operating a Challenge 25 policy and other commitments have been made. Our local police are keeping a careful eye on the situation.

For further reporting please see the most recent Watford Observer article

We hope that the new owner takes their responsibilities seriously and will continue to represent the interests of residents where it is needed.


Planning Matters in Jan 2013

posted 3 Feb 2013, 06:22 by Tomo

There's always something on the agenda for planning and licencing issues, and the Residents' Association has recently been working on the following cases:

Address: 60 Highfield Way Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
Application  No:12/2125/FUL:
Side and rear extensions and first floor extension to create two storey, five bedroom house with accommodation in roof space served by rear dormer window and front roof lights, new front porch and alterations to fenestration. The proposed design already reduced in size, the carport has been removed, the side extension has been reduced in size but this will still be a major intrusion to Mr Bamford’s Property. we have asked Chorleywood Parish Council to support the resident's objection with reference to bulk, heights, mass, over development etc. on plot.

Address: Beechcroft Cottage, Chalfont Lane, Chorleywood
Application No: 12/2184/FUL
Demolition of small cottage where occupant has passed away. New owner has put in an application which moves the existing footprint of the house 26 meters over to the right hand side of the plot and now 1.8 meters away from the neighbouring house with 13 large windows overlooking them. The development is large and they have planned a heat source pump right next to the neighbour. I suggested the resident speaks at the Chorleywood Parish Council also as they would have had no objections to it, due to the time delay in the District Council putting up the plans on the planning portal but closing the public consult date 1 week after publication! Chorelywood Parish Council will call it in and so we have a lot of support for this resident as has Chris Haywood.
 
Licensing Application at North Hill Farm, Ref: TQ0397NW
Application was for Live/Recorded Music, Performance of dance & anything of a similar description indoors and outdoors Friday - Sunday 12.00 - 00.30hrs.
The provision of a late night refreshment licence and the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premise. Monday to Sunday from 1200-00.30hrs
Premise opening times to be Monday – Sunday from 12.00-01.00hrs.
This licence would potentially cause a number of disturbances to the local residents along on Chenies Road and residents in Marlin Close who back on to North Hill Farm. There is a possibility of anti-social behaviour in a residential area including violation of resident’s premises. Increased traffic volume at different hours of the day & night and access to the site is via North Hill which is a narrow one track road which could cause traffic congestion.

Chorleywood Premier alcohol licence revoked again

posted 22 Jan 2013, 01:24 by Tomo   [ updated 17 Feb 2013, 11:45 ]

As we reported back in October, Chorleywood Premier had its alcohol licence revoked after a police and Trading Standards sting operation. After initially saying that the store was going to be closed for the two month period, it reopened after a week and continued trading without selling alcohol.

Following another sting operation, the police and trading standards as statutory agencies have again made representations to the Three Rivers Licencing sub committee. Along with public comments made by several local residents who have had to put up with public nuisance and littering from potential customers of the Premier Store, the licencing sub committee met again last night and have again revoked the alcohol licence for Chorleywood Premier after it was again found that they had not been adhering to the conditions of the licence. The licencee has 21 days to appeal the decision.

Update 17th February 2013: the licence holder has appealed the decision so they can continue to trade until the appeal is decided.

Planning Applications, week commencing 19th November 2012

posted 26 Nov 2012, 04:06 by Tomo

Validated planning applications for week commencing 19th November 2012 in the parish of Chorleywood
You can search for any of these applications on the Three Rivers Planning Website 

Ash - Reduce by 1/3 - Crown Reduction
9 Ladywood Close Loudwater Rickmansworth Hertfordshire WD3 4AY
Ref. No: 12/2212/TPO | Received: Thu 22 Nov 2012 | Validated: Thu 22 Nov 2012 | Status: Pending Consideration

Certificate of Lawfulness Proposed Development: Proposed rear dormer to create loft conversion and roof windows to front elevation
4 Briery Field Chorleywood Rickmansworth WD3 5TG
Ref. No: 12/2170/CLPD | Received: Mon 19 Nov 2012 | Validated: Mon 19 Nov 2012 | Status: Pending Consideration

Permitted Development Notice Telecommunications: Installation of dark green cabinet
Land At Solesbridge Lane Chorleywood Hertfordshire
Ref. No: 12/2172/PDNT | Received: Sun 18 Nov 2012 | Validated: Mon 19 Nov 2012 | Status: Pending Consideration

Single storey front extension and rooflight
Hazel Bank Solesbridge Lane Chorleywood Rickmansworth WD3 5SW
Ref. No: 12/2166/FUL | Received: Fri 16 Nov 2012 | Validated: Mon 19 Nov 2012 | Status: Pending Consideration

Part retrospective: Installation of glazing units to existing covered loggia portion of existing garden room
Rebels Corner Common Road Chorleywood Rickmansworth WD3 5LT
Ref. No: 12/2141/RSP | Received: Mon 12 Nov 2012 | Validated: Tue 20 Nov 2012 | Status: Pending Consideration

Side and rear extensions and first floor extension to create two storey, five bedroom house with accommodation in roofspace served by rear dormer window and front rooflights, new front porch and alterations to fenestration
60 Highfield Way Rickmansworth Hertfordshire WD3 7PR
Ref. No: 12/2125/FUL | Received: Thu 08 Nov 2012 | Validated: Tue 20 Nov 2012 | Status: Pending Consideration

Two storey and single storey rear extension, single storey garage extension to front, reconstructing part of ground and first floor to front and side elevations, including increase in ridge height, internal alterations and increase of width of existing entrances to site
Old Meadow Wagon Way Loudwater Rickmansworth WD3 4JE
Ref. No: 12/2119/FUL | Received: Wed 07 Nov 2012 | Validated: Tue 20 Nov 2012 | Status: Pending Consideration

Conversion of bungalow to two storey dwelling with single storey front and rear extension, two storey side, front and rear extension and loft accommodation with rear facing dormer and front rooflight
75 Blacketts Wood Drive Chorleywood Rickmansworth WD3 5PS
Ref. No: 12/2108/FUL | Received: Mon 05 Nov 2012 | Validated: Tue 20 Nov 2012 | Status: Pending Consideration

Minor amendments to planning permission 11/1652/FUL (erection of 3 town houses with associated access, parking, bin storage, landscaping and amenity areas) to reduce the width of the proposed terrace of three houses, marginally increase their depth and to realign the access road
79 Quickley Lane Chorleywood Rickmansworth WD3 5PG
Ref. No: 12/2072/FUL | Received: Sat 27 Oct 2012 | Validated: Wed 21 Nov 2012 | Status: Pending Consideration

Changes to Planning Application Fees - 22 Nov 2012

posted 17 Nov 2012, 05:20 by Tomo

Any residents who are on the point of making a planning application might want to do so next week before the prices go up!

It has been announced on the 16th November that The government’s increase of planning fees have been agreed in both Houses of Parliament and will come into force on 22nd November 2012. The fee increases will affect all types of planning applications, including full applications, certificates of lawfulness, non-material amendments and discharges of conditions.

Apparently the fee increase, approx 15% represents the rate of inflation since 2008 when the fees were last changed.
In summary, the main fees for domestic and householder applications are:

Householder Development Alterations, improvements or extensions to existing dwellings
Where application relates to one dwellinghouse: £172 (was £150)
Where application relates to two or more dwellinghouses: £339 (was £295)
Erection of buildings in the garden of a dwelling (including sheds, greenhouses, or fences and walls etc) £172 (was £150)

Confirmation of compliance with a condition attached to a planning condition
Relating to applications for the enlargement or alterations to existing dwellings or works including the provision of a building within the
curtilage of an existing dwelling £28 for each request (was £25)

Non-Material Change to a Planning Permission
Relating to applications for the enlargement or alterations to existing dwellings or works including the
provision of a building within the curtilage of an existing dwelling - £28 for each request (was £25)

Lawful Development Certificates
Existing use of land or development - The same fee as for an equivalent planning application
Proposed use of land or development - Half the fee as for an equivalent planning application


Full details of the changes can be found at the following link: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2012/9780111527290

Please note that the above is the draft version of the final signed version of the Statutory Instrument will be available to be downloaded from the http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ from the 22 November 2012.


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