The first draft of the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Development Plan is now published.
Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan
On 5th September 2017 the Parish Council agreed to go ahead with the development of a Neighbourhood Plan. An Advisory Committee has been setup to carry out this work, which will meet regularly to formulate the plan. Details of the agendas and minutes will be listed above. For further information please contact the Parish Office.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan
The Localism Act 2011 gave communities a greater say in the development of their area, including the right for communities to develop a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).
An NDP is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. Neighbourhood plans relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. It may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.
All NDPs must meet Basic Conditions  – including: it cannot conflict with Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) Local Development Plan, and we must encourage sustainable development.
An NDP will be subject to examination and referendum and then form part of the Local Development Plan, giving it statutory status once passed.
 The Basic Conditions for Neighbourhood Plans are specified by law:
• must be appropriate having regard to national policy
• must contribute to the achievement of sustainable development
• must be in general conformity with the strategic policies in the development plan for the local area
• must be compatible with human rights requirements
• must be compatible with EU obligations
The Community Plan
A Community Plan for Chorleywood was published in 2015, outlining aspects of Chorleywood living which are important to residents and require enhancing and protection, and also areas needing improvement and promotion.
The Community Plan was a joint initiative with the following local community groups:-
• Chorleywood Business Association • Chorleywood Residents Association • Friends of Chorleywood Common • Neighbourhood Watch • Chorleywood Mums • Chorleywood Parish Council • Loudwater Residents Association • Royal Voluntary Service • Chorleywood Youth Council • Chorleywood Care
Findings within the Community Plan were taken from results of a residents’ survey distributed to a Parish households and are being used by the Parish Council and community partners to frame actions and projects going forward.
The Community Plan was the first step in laying down the foundation for a more structured Neighbourhood Plan.