New Local Plan

Three Rivers District Council is preparing a new Local Plan that will set out a vision and policy framework for the future levels of growth within the District up until 2038.

Local Plan Regulation 18 Preferred Policy Options and Sites for Potential Allocation Consultation

The consultation on the Local Plan Regulation 18 Preferred Policy Options and Sites for Potential Allocation documents ran from 9am on 11 June 2021 to 5pm on 20 August 2021. The consultation has now closed.

Following consideration of the public feedback, amendments will be made where appropriate and the council may seek to remove more sites or add new ones depending on what suggestions come forward.

The timetable for processing the huge number of responses is likely to take longer than originally expected. As a result the council is aiming for a further Regulation 18 consultation to happen in November / December 2022. This will provide another opportunity for local communities, businesses and other interested stakeholders to comment on content of the draft plan, before the plan is submitted to the government’s Planning Inspectorate for independent examination. The Local Development Scheme will be updated in due course.

The Local Plan Regulation 18 Preferred Policy Options and Sites for Potential Allocation Consultation documents can be downloaded from the links below:

The PDF maps comprising Appendix 6a – Appendix 6d can be viewed on the following interactive online map:

An Interim Sustainability Appraisal Report (June 2021) has been produced to accompany the Regulation 18 Local Plan Preferred Policy Options and Sites for Potential Allocation Consultation. The documents comprising the Interim Sustainability Appraisal Report can be downloaded below.

Evidence Base:
The Local Plan evidence base studies which have been completed so far can be viewed here:

Further information on the Local Plan:

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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 of 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)

The Sustainability Appraisal Working Note was updated following the Potential Sites Consultation and can be viewed here: Sustainability Appraisal Working Note (July 2019) (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) 

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