Site Allocations Examination Page
The Site Allocations LDD was adopted at the Full Council meeting on 25 November 2014. You can view the final document here.
Inspector's Report Received
The Council received the Inspector's Report on 15 September 2014 and can be viewed below:
Modifications Consultation 31 January – 18 March 2014
Following the hearing sessions that were held between 15 and 31 October 2013 the Council proposed some Main and Additional Modifications to the Site Allocations LDD. Details of the consultation on the Main and Additional Modifications can be viewed here.
The consultation has now closed and duly made representations have been provided to the Inspector.
Supplementary Hearing Session
Following consideration of the responses received in relation to the recent Main Modifications Consultation, a supplementary Hearing Session took place on Wednesday 16th July 2014.
The session was focussed upon the merits of the consequential changes insofar as these introduce a limited number of additional or enlarged allocations (and associated changes to the Green Belt) not previously proposed by the Council in the submitted plan document. For the avoidance of doubt the relevant proposed main modifications (MM) are as follows:
MM44 Changes to Green Belt boundary - to facilitate the above allocations (and also the effective allocation of the Leavesden Studios site under SA8/GB2.)
MM54 Killingdown Farm – enlarged housing site H(13)
MM55 Woodside Road – additional housing site H(39)
MM56 Fairways Farm – additional housing site H(40)
MM57 Woodside Road – additional school site S(c)
Further information regarding the supplementary hearing can be found here.
Written Statements provided to the Inspector are available below:
MM55 Leavesden Studios
Terence O’Rourke for Warner Bros (pdf)
MM56 Fairways Farm
Phase 2 Planning for S Lyne (pdf)
MM57 Woodside Road
Resident of Woodside Road
Documents Submitted During the Supplementary Hearing Session
SUB1 Housing Paper Update 1 (pdf)
SUB2 Housing Paper Update 2 (pdf)
SUB3 Gladman Developments Ltd vs Wokingham Borough Council (pdf)
SUB4 Map Fairways Farm and Woodside Road (pdf)
SUB5 Map Fairways Farm Flood Risk (pdf)
SUB6 Map Killingdown Farm (pdf)
SUB7 Croxley Green Residents Association Statement (pdf)
SUB8 Killingdown Farm Concept Plan (pdf)
Planning Inspector, Keith Manning BSc (Hons) BTP MRTPI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Three Rivers Site Allocations Development Plan .
The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework). The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Site Allocations Development Plan is: 1 – positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development); 2 - justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence); 3 – effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities); and 4 – consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework).
Inspector's Contact with Three Rivers District Council
There may be times when it is necessary for the Inspector to seek information from the Council to assist his understanding of the task at hand. The Inspector and the Council are never in direct communication but instead queries are channelled through the Programme Officer, Mr. Ian Kemp. For transparency purposes, an in an effort to keep interested parties fully informed, correspondence between the Inspector and the Council is available below.
Inspector's Correspondence of 10th July 2013 (pdf)
EXAM 8 Inspector's 5th Procedural Letter Leavesden (pdf)
EXAM 9 Council Response to Inspector's Letter Leavesden (pdf)
EXAM 10 Inspector's 6th Procedural Letter (pdf)
EXAM 11 Council's Response to Inspector's Letter of 28 November 2013 (pdf)
EXAM 12 Inspector's Correspondence of 29 January 2014 (pdf)
Information Regarding the Hearing Sessions
The Hearing Sessions commenced at 10.00am on Tuesday 15th October 2013 within the Fairway Inn of Rickmansworth Golf Course, Moor Lane, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1QL. Hearing Sessions concluded on Thursday 31st October 2013.
Guidance Notes have been prepared to help interested parties understand the process, these are available here. The document also contains details of the matters for discussion, key dates and the latest Programme.
Statements of Common Ground currently available are as follows:
SOCG1 Statement of Common Ground between Three Rivers DC and Herts CC in relation to Primary School Provision
SOCG2 Statement of Common Ground between Three Rivers DC and Herts CC in relation to Secondary School Provision
Following the deadline for receipt of further statements in response to the Inspector's Issues and Questions the following submissions were received from Representors. Any changes the Council are proposing to make to the submitted SALDD can be viewed here.
(HS) = Hearing Statement (statement submitted by participants)
(WS )= Written Statement (statement submitted by non-participants)
Issue 1 - Duty to co-operate, legal compliance and other issues
Additional Documents Submitted in Relation to Issue 1
TOR1 Mark Lowe QC Summary Note
TOR2 WBSL Updated Plan A
TOR3 WBSL Updated Plan B
TOR4 WBSL Night Time View from Studio Drive
TOR5 WBSL Night Time View from flight tower
Issue 2 - Approach to Green Belt revision
Issue 3 - Employment & Employment Sites, Retail & Open Space
Issue 4 - Schools and School Sites
Additional Documents Submitted in Relation to Issue 4
HCC1 Educational Needs Assessment (HertsCC)
Issue 5 - Langleybury and The Grove
Additional Documents Submitted in Relation to Issue 5
NLP1 Langleybury & The Grove Site Visit
Issue 6 - Housing
CBRE Ltd for TfL Property Issue 6 (HS) (Appendices are available from Ian Kemp, the Programme Officer).
Additional Documents Submitted in Relation to Issue 6
Issue 7 - South Oxhey
CBRE2 Closing Submission
P2P3 Closing Submission
The Programme Officer
The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, District Council and Representors.
He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process. Mr Kemp is the appropriate point of contact for any questions relating to timetabling or procedural matters. All statements will also be submitted through him.
Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.
49 All Saints Place
Telephone: 01527 837 920
Mobile: 0772 300 9166
Evidence Base Documents
In preparing the Site Allocations Document the District Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed on the Evidence Base page.
Site Allocations Development Plan Document