Play plan given go ahead for Chorleywood

04th July 2016

Climbing frames and rope bridges are some of the play equipment that could be built for Chorleywood youngsters following a decision that was agreed last night (29 June 2016). 

Councillors at Three Rivers’ Leisure, Wellbeing and Health Committee voted in favour of submitting a planning application for a play area on Chorleywood Common. Over £100,000 of funding is being made available to build the play area by Three Rivers District Council. The plans will include equipment which is designed for children with a disability.

Speaking after the Committee, Cllr Chris Lloyd, Three Rivers’ Lead Member for Leisure, Community and Wellbeing, said:

“After years of discussion and debate I believe we owe it to the children to provide a play area that is within safe walking distance of the village. We aim to work in partnership with the Parish Council, the County Councillor and local parents and children to provide this play area, which the youngsters desperately need.”

In a survey, 61% of residents asked for the play area to be located on Chorleywood Common. Alternative locations near main roads, such as Chorleywood House Estate, were felt to be less safe for children to access.

County Councillor Chris Hayward, supported the decision. He said:

“As the local County Councillor I have strongly urged District Councillors to support the officers’ recommendation to site the play area on Chorleywood Common and not on the Chorleywood House Estate as proposed by the local Parish Council. This has been a long running debate and I firmly believe that our next generation should be able to share in the enjoyment and use of the common and that the Chorleywood House Estate is too far away from the centre of our village to be a suitable location for this facility anyway.”

Simone Tyson, from Chorleywood Mums community group, said:

"We are pleased that Three Rivers District Council have listened to the views of Chorleywood parents and residents.  Now an independent, impartial recommendation can be made by the Planning Inspectorate, who do not have any vested interests.  The debate on this started a very long time ago and it will be good to get a definitive answer.  We are very pleased that the existing play area in the Swillet is intended to be updated without losing any of the funding for additional play provision which is very much needed in Chorleywood as it has the least provision in the whole of the Three Rivers district."

The decision to submit an application has now been made. Common land is subject to a number of planning regulations and the application will need to be submitted to the national Planning Inspectorate before it can be progressed. Residents and local groups would have the opportunity to comment on plans before a final decision is made. The minimum timescale for this is six months.

Chorleywood Common is owned by the Parish Council. A play area is also located at The Swillet on the edge of Chorleywood which Three Rivers now intends to improve. More information about play areas in Three Rivers is available here.

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