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 2032.

Additional Call for Sites Consultation - Now Closed

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. You can view details of this consultation under Previous Consultation below.

The sites submitted as part of this consultation, together with those submitted after the closing date, are currently being assessed as part of the Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment process. No decisions have been made as to which sites will be allocated for development at this time.

On the 24 July 2018 the revised National Planning Policy Framework was published.  This introduced a requirement for Local Planning Authorities to identify land to accommodate at least 10% of their housing requirement on sites no larger than one hectare.

In order to try and meet this requirement we are now undertaking an additional Call for Sites specifically for sites of 1 hectare or less. 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). Sites which have already been submitted should not be re-submitted as part of this consultation.

Call for Sites Submission Form (docx)

Responses to this consultation can be submitted to us using the downloadable form 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 Monday 30 July 2018 and runs for three weeks, ending at 12:00pm on Monday 20 August 2018.

All representations received and sites promoted to us will be reviewed and these will help to inform the content of the next stages of the new Local Plan.

Previous Consultations

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

This consultation is 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, we are invited land owners, agents and developers to submit new sites that could be developed to meet future demand for homes and jobs.

We are 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)