It’s inevitable that some of our prized greenbelt land will need to be sacrificed in order to cope with the number of new homes that need to be built over the coming years.
While Watford is faced with high rise buildings to meet its housing targets, residents in Three Rivers face losing fields and open green spaces to accommodate new houses.
Council documents published over the last week have given the clearest indication yet which sites in the district, which is more than 70 per cent greenbelt, are safe from development.
While Three Rivers District Council has published a list of 75 sites that are at risk of redevelopment as part of its upcoming local plan, around 220 sites have been ruled out by council officers.
This is likely because the land put forward for development fails to meet planning policies.
These 220 or sites sites are spread right across the district as the council does what it can to defend Three Rivers’ rural charm – ranging from huge fields to farms, and even smaller sites like garage complexes and car parks.
With so many sites not being taken forward for development, it’s difficult to pick out all of the notable ones.
But while development in the future can never ever be ruled out, here are some key sites which council documents confirm will not be taken forward as part of the local plan over the next 15 years.
Land east of Green Street, Chorleywood
This large portion of land is not being taken forward by the council, according to the documents.
It’s one of 21 sites in total in the Chorleywood area which appear to be safe from redevelopment, which also includes an enormous site near Heronsgate.
The land at Green Street borders St Clement Danes School and runs down to the houses in Orchard Drive.
Land south of Berry Lane, Chorleywood
Nearby, three sites near Berry Farm which combine into one large site have also been ruled out by the council.
The land is situated between Berry Farm and West Clayton, off Berry Lane.
Land at Long Lane, Mill End
This parcel of land is on the outskirts of Mill End, by junction 17 for the M25.
The area, whih appears to be safe from redevelopment, runs up to the William Penn Leisure Centre.
Land at Notley Farm, Abbots Langley
Quite a large site that has not been selected in the next stage of the local plan is land at Notley Farm, off Bedmond Road.
It covers a number of fields and there is quite a few parcels of land off nearby East Lane which appears to have been ruled out by the council as well.
Land west of Maple Cross
While Maple Cross faces the possibility of 1,500 homes on land to the west and south of Maple Cross, these two parcels of land marked on the map below appear to be safe from development.
The top outline is between Chalfont Road and Hornhill Road and runs adjacent to the M25.
The neighbouring land south of Hornhill Road, which backs onto Maple Cross JMI Primary School, is also not being taken forward in the local plan.
A full list of sites not being taken forward in the council’s local plan can be found on the council’s website here.
Two senior Three Rivers Liberal Democrat councillors say they will ‘refuse’ to build on two further greenbelt sites, as well as a list of contingency sites.
Meanwhile, a list of 75 sites being taken forward to public consultation as part of the next stage of the council’s local plan can be found in the table below.