Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan | Update May 2021

Following the Referendum on 6th May 2021, the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan was approved and is now a legal document. Both TRDC planners and the Planning Inspector must now take into account the policies within the Plan when determining applications.

This Plan is in effect until May 2026.

Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan | Update Oct 2020

At a meeting of Full Council on 20 October 2020, Three Rivers District Council agreed to send the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Development Plan to referendum. The Decision Statement detailing the Council’s intention to send the Neighbourhood Plan to referendum can be downloaded below:

Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan Decision Statement (pdf)

National Planning Policy Guidance states that where a Local Planning Authority has issued a decision statement detailing its intention to send a neighbourhood plan to referendum, that plan can be given significant weight in decision-making, so far as the plan is material to the application. Therefore, following the publication of this decision statement on 21 October 2020, the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan can be given significant weight in determining planning applications where the plan is material to the application.


A referendum on the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Development Plan will take place on 6 May 2021. It is the responsibility of Three Rivers District Council to organise the referendum for a Neighbourhood Development Plan and the Council’s Electoral Services will publish a ‘Notice of Referendum’ on 19 March 2021. Further details are available from the Information Statement which is downloadable from the link below:

Information Statement (pdf)

The Chorleywood Neighbourhood Development Plan and associated documents are available to view below together with Information for Voters which provides more information about the referendum process:

Chorleywood Neighbourhood Development Plan – Referendum Version (pdf)

Final Independent Examiner’s Report (pdf)

Summary of representations submitted to the Independent Examiner (pdf)

Statement by the Local Planning Authority that the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Development Plan (Referendum Version) meets the Basic Conditions (Decision Statement) (pdf)

Information for Voters (pdf)

Neighbourhood Planning Referendums are conducted in accordance with procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections. Voters living in the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Area will receive a poll card similar to those used at elections and this will provide details of when and where they can vote on the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan.

If more than 50% of people voting in the referendum support the Neighbourhood Plan, the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan would then become part of the Development Plan and Three Rivers District Council would have to use the Neighbourhood Plan to help to decide planning applications in Chorleywood Parish Area.

Further information and documentation relating to the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Development Plan and its examination can be viewed below in the Examination section.


In February 2020 Chorleywood Parish Council formally submitted the draft Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents to the District Council. Following the formal submission of the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan, Three Rivers District Council undertook a statutory six-week consultation between 17 February 2020 – 30 March 2020.

Three Rivers District Council, with the agreement of Chorleywood Parish Council, appointed Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FRSA AoU as the Independent Examiner for the Plan. The Examiner’s role was to determine whether the Plan met the Basic Conditions as set out in Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, and whether the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to referendum. On 23 June 2020 the Examiner sought clarification from the Parish and District Councils on a number of factual matters (the Examiner’s questions and subsequent correspondence can be downloaded below).

The Independent Examiner’s Report was issued on 29 July 2020. The Report recommended that the Plan, subject to a number of recommended modifications, should proceed to referendum. The Examiner’s Report can be viewed below:

Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan Examiner’s Report (pdf)

You can view the documents that were submitted for examination below:

Draft Chorleywood Neighbourhood Development Plan (pdf)

Chorleywood Neighbourhood Development Plan Basic Conditions Statement (pdf)

Chorleywood Neighbourhood Development Plan Statement of Consultation (pdf)

Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) & Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) Screening Report (pdf)

POSE Ltd Independent Review (March 2019) (pdf)

POSE Ltd Independent Review (March 2019) Appendix 1 (pdf)

POSE Ltd Independent Review (October 2019) (pdf)

Summary of representations to Regulation 16 consultation submitted to Examiner (pdf)

The Examiner’s questions and other correspondence relating to the examination can be viewed below:

Email from the Examiner (pdf)

Initial Questions from the Examiner (pdf)

Responses to Examiners Initial Questions (pdf)

Neighbourhood Plan | Update

We are proud to announce that the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan has passed the scrutiny of the independent examiner, been approved by TRDC and will go out for referendum in May 2021. If approved this will become a legal document in considering all planning applications within the Parish. As the referendum has been delayed due to the COVID regulations, TRDC have agreed to consult with the plan under Material Consideration as part of the planning process. If you have any queries, please contact the Parish Office.

Full Chorleywood NDP – Referendum Version (pdf)

Questions and answers from the Examiner

Chorleywood Parish Council Website News Item

Following the Parish Council’s formal submission of its Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) to the Local Planning Authority, the final submission version of the NDP is now subject to consultation. Three Rivers District Council is seeking views on the planning policies contained within the NDP. The consultation will run for a six week period from Monday 17th February 2020 until Monday 30th March 2020. The final submitted documents and information on how to make representations can be found on the Three Rivers District Council website by clicking here.

Update January 2020

Chorleywood Parish Council has now submitted the draft Neighbourhood Plan to Three Rivers District Council for statutory consultation and external examination.

The Parish Council would like to thank the team who worked for four years to produce this document, Vivian Lantree (Chair) Cllrs Steve Watkins and Jackie Worrall, Jon Bishop and Richard Dwyer representing Chorleywood Residents Association, Gareth Hunt representing Friends of Chorleywood Common, Robert Mann and Alan Manson representing local residents.

Copies of the plan and submission documents are available below.

If you have any questions please contact the Parish Council.

A Neighbourhood Plan for Chorleywood

Three Rivers District Council are currently consulting on a Call for Sites across the district. A number of sites have been identified within Chorleywood and it is recognised that some development of the area will take place within Chorleywood over the next ten years or so.

The NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN when approved becomes a legal document which can shape the design, density and type of development that takes place.

There is a display in Chorleywood Library and members of the working party will be available to answer your questions on:-

    • Saturday 17th November 9am to 12 noon
    • Saturday 1st December 9am to 12 noon

Paper copies are available at Chorleywood Library and Chorleywood Parish Office.

Responses can be made to or in writing to Chorleywood Parish Council, South Lodge, Rickmansworth Road,
Chorleywood, Herts, WD3 5SL.

We welcome your views – please have your say.

Closing date 21st December 2018

The first draft of the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Development Plan is now published.

Chorleywood Neighbourhood Development Plan (pdf)

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, propos�ls 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 [1] – 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.

[1] 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

A Community Plan for Chorleywood (pdf)

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.

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