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You may be aware that Three Rivers District Council has developed a Local Plan which is now out for public consultation.
The time has been extended to the 20th of August for residents to respond to the Local Plan due to a delay in the information being distributed to everyone.
You can find details of the new Local Plan at
We are pleased to see that many sites we objected to in 2018 have been removed from the list and there is now only one site we are totally against and will be opposing, and three others where we have advised Matthew Bedford, lead on planning at TRDC, of our concerns.
Other sites we are not objecting to but, in all cases, subject to privacy of surrounding residents and other points such as disposal of sewage, access both during construction and when in use, parking etc.
We will look at each planning application as it comes up and do our best to ensure that these points are considered.
We understand that the 600+ dwellings and new school planned for Batchworth Golf Course will not be able to go ahead as the Golf Club have a long lease on the premises and land. It could, of course, be that a compulsory purchase order is used to turn this round but Moor Park Residents’ Association are set against the plan. RDRA have put in a request for the site to be reduced if dwellings are proposed on this site.
The online consultation for the Batchworth Local Plan outlined by the Community (or Parish) Council came to an end on the 18th of July.
You can still view the plan at
We look forward to seeing the results in the near future.
We have had some members contact us about some of the sites where we have not objected.
We have said that there are a number of points we wish to see covered and these will be considered as the plans are published – at that time we may object!
The sites we have not objected to are based on the idea of “can this site be developed?” and our response is “Yes”, subject to a number of safeguards as detailed in our document.
The start date of the six-week consultation was from the 11th of June – you can visit the document here:
We have been asked by members how to see details of the plan.
It is on the bottom of the menu list on the planning page but here is a link:
The start date of the six-week consultation is the 11th of June.
Three Rivers District Council have issued the Local Plan for the District where they are being required by Government to provide thousands of new dwellings in the District over the next ten years.
Every Council in England is facing the same problem so it is not Three Rivers who are being “picked on” but Residents’ Associations across the country are, of course, up in arms regarding some of the plans.
Your Committee have looked at the proposals and are happy to see that, since the initial list issued in 2018, many of the sites we objected to at the time have been removed from the list.
There are some sites we still object to and some where we are suggesting alternative plans.
We have to accept that the District Council are being forced into the position to provide additional housing but there is one point where, whilst accepting the numbers, we want to insist on: most, if not all, of these new dwellings should be low-cost one and two-bedroom properties as we need somewhere for our children to live and, in most cases, they have to move away when they fly the nest as the homes in Batchworth, Rickmansworth and Mill End are too expensive to stay close to Mum and Dad.
We also need to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to support the large number of new dwellings.
We have to accept, I am afraid, that we will lose some of our Green Belt but, happily, the loss will not be as great as feared under the 2018 list. The Association will try to keep this to a minimum.
We will await the planning proposals for each individual site and respond in each case. We will put our initial comments on our website and we will review each proposal as it is published.
In the meantime, you will find full details on the TRDC website and have two chances to comment: TRDC will be sending out details of the overall plan to each household in the near future and there will be a public consultation following that.
Please make sure you read the information sent to you and respond to the consultation.