A group of Chorleywood residents gathered in the village centre last Saturday armed with placards and banners to remind locals to submit their comments to Three Rivers District Council about the local development scheme which forms part of the new local plan.
Several sites in Chorleywood are amongst many in Three Rivers District that have been earmarked to be put forward to the council for consideration . The deadline for comments is Friday 21st December
“Any of this development is going to have a massive impact on the Chorleywood community” commented one protestor, “We felt it necessary to raise awareness on the streets as many still haven’t even heard about the consultation and everyone needs to have their say on the proposals. With already stretched infrastructure including parking issues, crowded trains and nightmare traffic gridlock already becoming the norm here, it’s hard to believe that the village can cope with any more pressure. Even with huge investment in infrastructure the natural lie of Chorleywood with access from only one main road and a few narrow country lanes makes the location and density of the some of the suggested sites completely impractical apart from all the environmental/ecological/green belt destruction issues.
The group also expressed concern about losing the charm of the Chorleywood that attracted them to the village and also being forced out of catchment from local primary and secondary schools, with those in the centre of the village possibly having to drive to out of Chorleywood instead adding to the peak hour chaos.
Once the consultation is finished and decisions made the next stage is preparation of the draft Local Plan in Autumn this year.