New Local Plan

Local Plan Issues & Options and Call for Sites Public Consultation (Regulation 18) 28 July – 8 September 2017

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 2032.

The first stage of this process is the Issues & Options and Call for Sites Consultation Document which identifies some of the issues and challenges facing the District and the possible options that could help to address them.

We are asking for your views on the content of this 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.

This consultation document does not contain any sites. However, alongside this consultation, we are inviting land owners, agents and developers to submit new sites that could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs. These should be submitted to us on a suitable map showing the boundary of the site in red, along with a completed Call for Sites Submission Form (downloadable below).

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

Responses to this consultation can be submitted to us using the downloadable forms below in one of the following ways:

By email to:

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

The consultation period starts on Friday 28 July 2017 and runs for six weeks, ending at 5:00pm on Friday 8 September 2017.

Please note that Three Rivers District Council will only consider comments by respondents who provide their name and address.

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)

Once the consultation on the Issues & Options and Call for Sites Consultation Document has finished, all representations received and sites promoted to us will be reviewed and these will help to inform the content of the next stage of the new Local Plan which will be the consultation on the Preferred Options document. The indicative timetable for the new Local Plan is:

  • Preferred Options Consultation – June 2018
  • Publication Consultation – December 2018
  • Submission to the Secretary of State – May 2019
  • Examination – Autumn 2019
  • Adoption – Early 2020

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 the year 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)