Both Dacorum Borough Council's and Three Rivers District Council's Local Plans could lead to the development of multiple GREEN BELT SITES in and around Kings Langley

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Please see our information page for past green belt matters articles

Parish Council planning committee "note" planning application on green belt and avoid objecting

On Tuesday 18th February 2020,

the Parish Council Planning

committee discussed the

application for Rectory Farm to

extend the area of development

into the Green Belt increasing

the number of houses/apart-

ments from 55 (on the site of

the former barns) to 89. Access

to the site would now be from

Hempstead Road and not Gade

Valley Close.

Members of the public present,

together with this Association,

spoke against the application

and its extension of develop-

ment into the Green Belt (which the village

had voted overwhelmingly against).

The image above shows the extent of the

new application. The image right shows

the original consented scheme for 55

houses on the brownfield part of the site.

Councillors then spoke both for and

against the application. Those in favour felt that building on the land was needed to meet the Government's housing target and, if not met, the position could be a lot worse. The application was in keeping with the existing housing in the village and gave greater controls over what would eventually be built once the land is sold on to a builder.

Those councillors against the application spoke in favour of protecting the village's Green Belt and that exceptional circumstances which permitted building on the Green Belt had not been demonstrated. Whilst the offer of community land was welcome, access to it and parking for those using it was insufficient. Not enough effort had been made by Dacorum to identify previously developed land rather than using the Green Belt.  Subsequently, other arguments were put forward for and against.

It was then proposed to vote on a decision by the Council that the application be noted. The vote was taken and carried -  3 votes for (Cllrs Howard Button, Alan Anderson & Bob McLean) to 2 votes against (Cllrs Mark Rogers and  Alan Johnson).

Our Parish Council is therefore not for development on Green Belt or against it. This is despite  their claims in the past to be against Green Belt development in Kings Langley.

A day later, on Wednesday 19th March 2020, the Parish Council convened an extraordinary Parish Meeting and voted to accept an offer from Angle Property to pass ownership of the land along the canal to the Parish Council. This offer is conditional upon the planning application being approved. Further details, covenants and conditions associated with the transfer of the land will be the subject of further meetings and discussions.



What the future holds?

We know from Angle Property's display boards (see link here) that it would only be a matter of time before applications would be made to develop more of the Rectory Farm site.  With no objection coming from the Parish Council this opens the door for Dacorum to take the whole site out of the Green Belt, as this Association predicted, via the new Local Plan. 

As a village we need to fight this when the next Local Plan stage is published.

This Residents Association was instrumental in keeping Rectory Farm out of the the last Local Plan and we will fight to do the same again, with your help.


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