Three Rivers Local Plan Shows Lib-Dem’s New ‘Party Of Nimbys’ Strategy in South

A land promoter has been promoting a site next to a station and blighted by the M25 for years. Members have been positive. Officers recommend it to meet the new standard method target. As all rural areas are Green Belt you have no alternative but to release Green Belt following a review. How then do you spin it.

You spin it by releasing lots of sites to Green Belt but pretend your protecting it to meet public -pressure before even you have consulted on the site. You do it without any discussion with your officers, and via a smoke filled room group only discussion and motion before a meeting. You question the new standard method knowing you will fail at examination through undershooting by nearly 2,800 without any reserve sites, but it gives you the pretense of pushing back against the government. This is all about the Lib Dems out competing the Green as part of a national Nimby strategy, not about good, defensive, sustainable or zero carbon planning.

Watford Observer

Three Rivers District Council says it will refuse to allow at least two huge pieces of greenbelt land to be used to help meet Government housing targets.

The council is putting together its local plan, which will help shape future development across the district.

Councillors and officers have been tasked with finding space to build around 10,000 new homes over the next 15 years in a district which is more than 70 per cent greenbelt land.

With a list of potential development sites ready to go out to consultation, senior Liberal Democrats say they are “on the side of residents” and are refusing to put forward some sites which have been deemed appropriate to build on.

This includes land between Abbots Langley and Kings Langley, known as the ‘Kings Langley estate’, where more than 2,000 homes have been proposed to be built either side of the M25.

Outlined in red is roughly the land referred to by the council as the Kings Langley Estate where they are appear to be refusing to build as many as 2,000 homes. Credit: Google

Outlined in red is roughly the land referred to by the council as the ‘Kings Langley Estate’ where they are appear to be refusing to build as many as 2,000 homes. Credit: Google

The other piece of land is off Rousebarn Lane, where nearly 800 homes could be built on land between Croxley Green and Chandler’s Cross.

Matthew Bedford, the lead councillor working on the local plan, says the council is also ready to refuse a list of contingency sites being put forward for development.

This includes land next door to Parmiter’s School, further parts of the Kings Langley Estate, land south of Bedmond, Hill Farm in Chorleywood, and land at Heronsgate.

A rough outline of land at Heronsgate, being considered a contingency site for around 1,600 homes that Lib Dems say they will refuse to put forward. Credit: Google

A rough outline of land at Heronsgate, being considered a contingency site for around 1,600 homes that Lib Dems say they will refuse to put forward. Credit: Google

Cllr Bedford said: “We have a responsibility to provide sites for new homes in the area so our young people and elderly downsizers have places they can afford locally.

“But this cannot be at the expense of the quality of life and wellbeing of our existing residents. If residents agree with us, we hope they will respond to the consultation and support our proposal to safeguard key areas next to existing settlements.

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