Local Plan

10th March 2021

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. The new Local Plan will help to address the pressing need for affordable housing and sufficient services such as schooling, public open spaces and communities facilities in the district, as well as promoting more sustainable development in general.

Frequently Asked Questions

The new Local Plan will also set out criteria in which all planning applications in the district will be considered. These policies will enable the long term vision for Three Rivers.

A full list of previous consultations to date can be found below.

The indicative timetable for the new Local Plan is as follows:

  • Additional Regulation 18 Consultation – May/July 2021
  • Publication stage – November/December 2021
  • Submission stage – August/September 2022
  • Examination – Late 2022/Early 2023
  • Adoption – Summer 2023

If you wish to be notified by the Local Planning Authority about future consultations on the new Local Plan, please respond 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

Previous Consultations

Potential Sites Consultation Documents (26 October - 21 December 2018)

Potential Sites Document (pdf)

As a result od the Potential Sites Consultation a further 27 sites were submitted and can be viewed here: Additional Sites Document (pdf)

Sustainability Appraisal Working Note (pdf)

Advert (Watford Observer 26 October 2018) (pdf)

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.

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.

Issues and Options Call for Sites Consultation Document (pdf)

Sustainability Appraisal (pdf)

Representation 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. Following this consultation the Scoping Report was updated to take account of responses from stakeholders and also to update some of the baseline information.

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

Sustainability Scoping Report, July 2017 (pdf)