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Planning News and Press Releases:

For all the latest planning news please view the following websites:

Planning Portal
UK Housing and Planning
Royal Town Planning Institute

Archived Three Rivers Planning Updates:

Energy Statement Requirement:

Policy CP1 of the adopted Core Strategy requires all applications for new residential development of one unit and above and all new commercial development to be accompanied by a CPLAN Energy Statement and Sustainability Checklist to demonstrate the extent to which sustainability principles have been incorporated into the location, design, construction and future use of proposals, and the expected carbon emissions. 

The CPLAN Energy Statement and Sustainability Checklist will not be available from 21 March 2016. From this date, applicants will not be able to submit a CPLAN Energy and Sustainability Statement but should submit an Energy Statement demonstrating the extent to which relevant proposals meet the requirements of Policy DM4 of the Development Management Policies document which sets out that developments must produce at least 5% less carbon dioxide emissions than Building Regulations Part L (2013) requirements having regard to feasibility and viability. For building conversions, development proposals must still demonstrate that there would be an overall improvement in the energy performance of the building. Guidance on producing an Energy Statement is available at

Pre-Application Fees:

From 1 April 2016 certain pre-application fees will be increased. The majority of the fees are not changing, however, householder pre-application advice will be increasing from £79.20 to £90 (figures inclusive of VAT). Three additional fee categories will be added to the residential development category for schemes of 50+, 100+ and 200+ dwellings. 

Pre-Application Stage
Duty Planning Service

Please note that from 1 April 2016, Hertfordshire County Council Highways will be introducing separate charges for pre application requests. These fees would be in addition to the pre application fees above if you would like more detailed advice in relation to transport and highways matters.

Highway Pre Application Fees from 1 April 2016

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL):

CIL is a new charge which will allow the Council to raise funds from new developments for use on infrastructure to support the growth of the District. The money collected from the levy will be used to support development by funding infrastructure that the Council, local community and neighbourhoods need. It came into force on 1 April 2015.

Attached is a guidance note for applicants. This includes all the Planning Portal forms. Please note that Form 0 - Planning Application Additional Information Requirements must be submitted with all planning applications.

More information, including the Three Rivers Charging Schedule, can be found on the Planning Policy pages.

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