Planning

Planning comes in two basic aspects for the district council:

  • Considering and approving or rejecting individual planning applications;
  • Drawing up and maintaining a local development plan to guide determinations of individual applications.

Upcoming planning meeting

Planning Committee – 15 November 2018

  • Agenda with links to the documents – awaited

Last month’s committee heard four applications affecting Croxley Green:  three house extensions (of which two were on or close to the Green) and the refurbishment of the Skate Park.  All were approved, apart from a substantial extension on Lewes Way, which was deferred for a site visit.

Concreting the Green Belt

The local development is a very powerful document, and the council is under central government pressure.  I suggest that you sit down at this point; we have been order to ensure the building of 512 homes every year (not in Croxley Green but across the district).  Over the twenty year cycle of the housing allocation that comes to finding space for 10,240 homes:   town twice the size of Croxley Green.  (This figure was apparently determined by a mathematical formula, but one which defies all logic.)

With that in mind,  there is intense pressure on council officers and the council as a whole to approve major building projects, for which there simply is not room without concerting the Green Belt, or building multi-storey rabbit-hutch towers.

Potential Sites Consultation, to 7 December 2018

The District Council’s “Potential Sites Consultation” runs to 7 December 2018.  This is to look at sites where development might be invited to take place.  It does not mean that it will; it identifies potential sites.

The papers and consultation can be found at:

https://www.threerivers.gov.uk/egcl-page/new-local-plan

The biggest potential site shown around Croxley Green is just outside the parish technically but ours to all intents and purposes, on the north side of Little Green Lane.  Still, other sites cannot be ignored.

Have your say today or they’ll take it away.

The Croxley Green Neighbourhood Plan

The Croxley Green Neighbourhood Plan is drawn up by the Parish Council, has been revised with the aid of a planning consultant and in October 2018 it was approved by the District Council to go to a village referendum.

The referendum is set to be held on Thursday 6 December 2018.

The Plan can be downloaded from the District Council’s website at:

Croxley Danes School

I will try to log the progress of Croxley Danes School: this will be on the specific ‘Croxley Danes School’ page.

The planning application and documents can be found on this link.

The latest is that the school hopes to be open by Easter 2020, but accepts that it should all be open and running for the start of the school year in September 2020.