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Due to the vast number of responses to the second Regulation 18 consultation, the District Council have four members of staff working on a third revision which will be published in the Autumn.
It is not clear if this will be a third Regulation 18 consultation or a Regulation 19 – this is the last list which is produced before a Public Enquiry.
This will put off the finalisation of the Local Plan for a few years with two possible adverse implications for the residents of the District.
The first of these is that the Government may impose a Local Plan on the area, the second is that, without a Local Plan to refer to, developers could develop sites without District Council Planning approval.
The next document could well call back in sites which were taken out of the first list in 2018 many of which we objected to due to them being on Green Belt land or on a flood plain (in some cases both!).
Regulation 18 finished last Autumn but the District Council received over 2,000 responses which are taking time to be processed by Council Staff and thus Regulation 19, the final Local Plan Draft before a Public Enquiry which should have been this Spring but the whole procedure will now take much longer.
In the meantime the Council for the Protection of Rural England have waded in to help protect the green belt areas suggested for development in Regulation 18.
The sites are not suggested by the Council but by developers who want to build on and develop the sites for housing.
We will keep you informed of developments.
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.
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:
Batchworth Community Council is preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for the area covered by the two wards within the boundary of Moor Park & Eastbury and Rickmansworth Town Ward. It is important that this Neighbourhood Plan reflects your ambitions and views. Last year and early this year, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group asked for your ideas on important matters to be addressed in the Plan. They have now used these to prepare a draft vision for the area, a set of five objectives and three ideas on how to deliver each of these five objectives.
They would like you to indicate how you feel about these ideas by completing the online survey at www.batchworthplan.org.uk/questionnaire by 18th July. There is also an opportunity to tell them whether you have any suggestions for the Neighbourhood Plan. The questionnaire can be completed online (from link above). If people wish, they can download it, print, complete and return to the BCC offices at Basing House, 46 High Street, Rickmansworth.
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.
Click here to download the list of sites
Download the two maps: Rickmansworth & Batchworth and Mill End
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.