New Local Plan

The Council is preparing a new Local Plan for Three Rivers which will provide the planning policies and proposals for future sustainable growth in the District up to 2036.

Potential Sites Consultation 26 October – 21 December 2018

In 2017 we invited land owners, agents and developers to submit new sites that could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs as part of our Issues & Options and Call for Sites consultation, with an additional Call for Sites consultation taking place in 2018. You can view details of these consultations under ‘Previous Consultations’ below.

The sites submitted as part of these consultations, together with those submitted after the closing date, are currently being assessed as part of the Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment process, which is outlined in the Government’s Planning Practice Guidance. No decisions have been made as to which sites will be allocated for development at this time.

The Potential Sites Consultation is an additional non-statutory consultation, providing the opportunity for stakeholders to comment on potential sites; with the information provided feeding into the Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment process.

The Potential Sites Document contains sites that were previously put forward for consideration in the previous Local Plan process and were not allocated for development and those put forward by landowners, agents and developers as part of the two Call for Sites consultations. If you wish to take the opportunity to put forward any sites not already in this document please use the Call for Sites submission form below.

We are also consulting on the Sustainability Appraisal Working Note which assesses the performance of the sites contained in the document against specific social, environmental and economic indicators.

Responses to this consultation can be submitted in writing in one of the following ways:

By email to:

By post to: Economic & Sustainable Development
                  Three Rivers District Council
                  Three Rivers House
                  WD3 1RL

Please note the Council will only consider comments by respondents who provide their name and address.

The consultation period starts on Friday 26 October 2018 ending at 5:00pm on Friday 21 December 2018.

Downloadable Consultation Documents:

Potential Sites Document (pdf)

Sustainability Appraisal Working Note (pdf)

Call For Sites Submission Form (docx)

Advert (pdf)

All representations received will be reviewed and these will help to inform the content of the next stages of the new Local Plan. Once the consultation on the Potential Sites Document has finished, and all decisions have been made, the next stage is preparing for publication of the draft Local Plan. The indicative timetable for the new Local Plan is as follows:

  • Publication stage – Autumn 2019
  • Submission stage – Early 2020
  • Examination – Spring / summer 2020
  • Adoption – Late 2020

Previous Consultations

Local Plan Issues & Options and Call for Sites Public Consultation (Regulation 18) 28 July – 8 September 2017 and an additional Call for Sites consultation 30 July – 20 August 2018.

These consultations are now closed but details can be viewed below.

The Issues & Options and Call for Sites Consultation Document identified some of the issues and challenges facing the District and the possible options that could help to address them.

We sought views on the content of the document and how best to balance the delivery of growth across the District, in order to meet the future needs of the community, whilst at the same time protecting the District’s historic and natural environment. The responses received on these issues will help to influence the subsequent drafting of the new Local Plan.

Alongside this consultation, and again in 2018, we invited land owners, agents and developers to submit new sites that could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs.

We also consulted on the Sustainability Appraisal which assessed the options being put forward against a range of social, environmental and economic factors which is also downloadable below.

Downloadable Consultation Documents

Issues and Options Call for Sites Consultation Document (pdf)

Sustainability Appraisal (pdf)

Representation Form (docx)

Call for Sites Submission Form (docx)

Advert (pdf)

Our consultants TRL prepared a Scoping Report, which sets the framework for the future Strategic Environmental Appraisal (SEA) and Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of the new Local Plan. The SEA/SA process seeks to ensure that we take account of all appropriate social, economic and environmental considerations when drawing up our new Local Plan.

Consultation on this draft Scoping Report was carried out earlier in 2017 in accordance with the SEA Directive and the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004. Key consultees were contacted directly and asked for feedback on this report.

To view the Scoping Report, please click on the following link:

Sustainability Scoping Report, July 2017 (pdf)