Major facelift for 60 year old estate

Kevin Snow31st March 2011

Sport, shopping, housing, safety and parks are just some of the issues on which South Oxhey residents are being consulted. South Oxhey was built 60 years ago to house Londoners after homes were devastated by the Blitz.

The area, which has around 18,000 residents, will now undergo a major facelift and a special Open Day will be held at the Parish Council on Thursday 7 April.

When South Oxhey was built people who were moving to live there were not asked their opinion - this genuine consultation will depend on the views of local residents to move the plan forwards.

The initiative forms part of Three Rivers’ ongoing improvement works to the district as a whole and is expected to be one of the largest projects the District Council has ever undertaken.

Three Rivers District Council’s Peter Brooker said:

"South Oxhey is a good place with strong communities and we want to support that long into the future. We are listening, not offering solutions, at this very early stage."

The District Council is asking:

What needs to be improved?

What needs to be kept?

How can we support the strong communities of South Oxhey into the next 60 years?

We are hoping to hear from people of all ages and walks of life who live in, or visit, the area.

The South Oxhey Initiative will be implemented over a number of years after careful consultation throughout 2011. The project will be funded by a mixture of private and public money. A budget will be agreed only after residents’ views have been considered and plans agreed.

We are repeating our commitment to protecting South Oxhey’s surrounding woods and public open spaces.

The informal Open Day takes place on Thursday 7 April 10am – 8pm at Watford Rural Parish Council, Oxhey Drive, WD19 7SB. Refreshments will be provided. Transport is available for people who have a disability or who are elderly 

Please keep in touch with us through our South Oxhey e-newsletter which available here or see local noticeboards.

Anyone who cannot attend on 7 April can contact Alan Head direct


Project scope

Not all local issues will be included in the project. Schools and roads, in particular, will not be central issues. But Council staff have made a commitment to listen to people’s views on ALL issues and to respond to them individually even if the concerns raised are outside of the project.

The District Council has stated previously that South Oxhey should be considered by Hertfordshire County Council as a possible location for a new secondary school.

Local planning is one of the District Council’s most important jobs. Three Rivers is made up of over ¾ Green Belt land. Protecting our environment while at the same time making sure there are enough affordable homes and excellent public facilities is a huge challenge.

We take a thoughtful, long term view of our local environment – it’s not just for us but for our children, grandchildren and beyond. To make sure we get local development right we plan many years ahead and consult with the local people most affected by any proposed changes.

Our long terms plans are called the Local Development Framework.

Local development: what we’ve been doing

We get directly involved in making practical improvements to shopping areas. This includes refurbishing shopping parades, improving lighting and car parks and installing recycling litter bins. We provide outdoor gyms and play areas at a number of locations in Three Rivers parks.

We have invested in woodland conservation across the district. The Aquadrome, Chorleywood House Estate and Leavesden Country now hold Green Flag awards for their excellent, safe, facilities.

One reason why Three Rivers has such a low crime rate is because it has strong communities. We require that new housing developments include homes which are affordable to rent or buy. This helps to give people more choice to stay in the communities they have grown up in.

Our long term plans include meeting the needs of people in South Oxhey. With about 18,000 residents, South Oxhey and its surrounds is the largest residential area in Three Rivers.