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Green Belt in and around Kings Langley
West Herts College, Home Park Mill Link Road – Development of 65 flats –
Bellway Homes have applied for planning permission to convert the West Herts College site into 65 flats. The Kings Langley & District Residents Association (KL&DRA) have objected to this application for the following reasons:
Inadequate parking provision – there are only 75 spaces on the site for 65 flats which could lead to as many as 50 cars having to park in neighbouring streets.
No affordable housing – despite Three Rivers District Council’s (TRDC) own policy which seeks 45% affordable housing on new developments.
There is no amenity space on the site – no green space is provided on site for residents
Building design is too high and out of character – at five storeys (see artists impression above), the block of flats will be at least one storey higher than any other building nearby.
Additional strain on local infrastructure – KL&DRA is very concerned that potentially 200 new residents up to 130 vehicles will place a significant additional demand on school spaces, doctor’s facilities and rush hour congestion which will mainly affect the Dacorum Borough Council side of the village
The KL&DRA accepts that our village must take on some level of additional housing, particularly on brownfield sites such as this. However, we believe that the site cannot and should not accommodate 65 flats. This is over-development of the site and the number of flats should be significantly reduced and 45% of the reduced number should be affordable homes.
Comments must be received by Wednesday 11th November 2020.
If you agree, please support our stance by emailing your comments for the attention of Scott Volker, Development Management (Planning), TRDC via the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include in your response:
the planning application reference: 20/1858/AOD;
Your name & address.
The planning application detail can be viewed by following this link: https://tinyurl.com/y6hf94v6
The more people who respond, the more likely TRDC will consider our concerns.
Our Green Spaces Assist our Health & WellBeing
The KL&DRA champions our local countryside because we know how vital it is for our health and wellbeing. This terrible pandemic and the threat of climate change has reinforced just how much we all need and value the local environment and do not want to be the generation that destroys it.
Recent research by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE)* and the Office for National Statistics (ONS)** shows:
Over two thirds of us want to see our local green spaces enhanced with more plants and wildlife; and
1 in 5 Londoners lack access to a garden, so daily exercise in nearby countryside, parks and other green spaces became a lifeline to many.
Our own village poll in 2017, showed 99% of residents in Kings Langley were opposed to any Green Belt development.
The CPRE asked over 2,000 people for their views, and 70% said they would like to see these green spaces enhanced, to make the local countryside even better. Over half said they’d like to see more wildlife including birds, butterflies and bees, and a similar proportion said they want more variety in the trees, shrubs, hedgerows, plants and flowers.
From the research, it seems most of us really value more rich and diverse areas in which to rest, recharge and play. Thirty per cent said that they’d like to see more wildness, where nature has been allowed to ‘take over’. The majority of the public want to be able to explore and exercise safely in these green spaces with over a third wanting more signposted walks, with paths and local plant life nurtured and maintained.
Sadly, the loss of our green areas is accelerating, with the government setting huge housing targets for local councils to meet. We hope that if they are serious about learning all the lessons of the pandemic, they use Local Plans and planning reforms to enhance and value our most precious spaces. We need to protect our local Natural Health Service.
Rectory Farm planning application withdrawn
As reported in the July / August 2020 issue of Kings Langley Village News, The planning application for 89 residential units on Rectory Farm, including 34 on the Green Belt, has been withdrawn.
This is despite senior officers at Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) encouraging a major development on the site and a significant amount of time and money being spent by the owners Angle Property.
Thanks to local residents, we know that in total there were 181 objections on the Dacorum planning portal, with only 5 responses supporting the development; there were also 443 emails opposing the application. This reflects the vote opposing any Green Belt development in the village in the Parish Poll 3 years ago.
Dacorum Borough Council confirmed it was not just the level of opposition and the inappropriate development on the Green Belt that were of significant concern. Both Hertfordshire Highways and the Local Flood Authority raised a number of objections to the application, including the new junction on the Hempstead Road (unnecessary) and the risk of flooding (higher than Angle would wish to acknowledge). There were also concerns raised by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and the Canal and Rivers Trust.
This is brilliant news for Kings Langley villagers and demonstrates that local people can make a difference and that every individual can influence decision-making at every level. The KL&DRA will continue to fight to protect Rectory Farm and other Green Belt sites as attempts to build large developments on these sites will re-surface in the Local Plan. This is not because we are opposed to housing developments, but because we are opposed to the loss of any Green Belt. Recent weeks have shown how important our green spaces are and their future must be safeguarded for our children.
It is not just development in the village which local people should be concerned about. “We appear to be facing potentially 7 developments on Home Park Mill Link Road, Station Road and Primrose Hill just across the canal which will add nearly 300 properties to the immediate area before the formal house building plans of Dacorum or Three Rivers are published.
Where are the additional residents going to look for shopping, schools, healthcare services, parking? There is no additional infrastructure planned for Kings Langley to support any of this. The reason people love this village is because they enjoy the green spaces and relaxed atmosphere. This will disappear if the cumulative impact of all this house building on village life is ignored by builders or planners.
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 /apartments 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 development into the Green Belt (which the village had voted overwhelmingly against).
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.
To view the Dacorum Planning portal, please click here.
Rectory Farm planning application reference is:
Deadline now closed for Comment on the latest planning application for rectory Farm
KL&DRA are asking residents to object to the latest planning application for a total of 89 houses on Green Belt land. For more information, please read our flyer by clicking here.
For ideas on what to include in your objection, please click this link. If you can please adapt the ideas into your own words.
another proposal for a motorway service area on the m25
Extra Motorway Services are proposing a new motorway service area (MSA) between Junctions 16 & 17 of the M25. If this were to go ahead then there is no justification for the Moto proposal at junction 20. Extra MSA are holding public meetings at Maple Cross and West Hyde Community Centre on 25 January and at Chalfont St. Peter Community Centre on the 26 January.
For more information see the Watford Observer article here.
The deadline has now closed to comment on the three rivers local plan Consultation
The closing date for commenting on the sites in the Three Rivers Local Plan Potential Sites Consultation was Friday 21st December 2018.
To see the KL&DRA's comments on sites in and around Kings Langley please click here.
In July 2018, the new NPPF was published which sets out sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these should be applied. It provides a framework within which locally-prepared plans for housing and other development can be produced. The document can be found here.
We now await to see what the government has in store for Dacorum in terms of the numbers of houses the Council will be expected to allow to be built within the Borough.
A BBC report provides an interesting insight from The Campaign to Protect Rural England regarding affordable homes and building on the Green Belt.
Planning application for a car park for Concept House on green belt land behind the florists opposite Kings Langley station
A planning application has been made to Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) for a car park opposite Kings Langley station for the occupants of Concept House. The KL&DRA believe this development is unnecessary, particularly as it is on Green Belt land. more information can be found by visiting TRDC's planning website here and searching on the application reference: 18/2408/RSP. The deadline for comments has now passed. To read KL&DRA's comments, please click here.
south west herts growth and transport plan consultation
The South West Herts Growth & Transport Plan is a new transport strategy produced by Hertfordshire County Council to help direct and plan transport improvements and investment in South West Hertfordshire. It aims to make foot/bike/bus/coach travel more attractive / quicker with less private car journeys through several proposals across Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans.
The consultation has now closed, however, you can still read the document here
Proposals directly affecting Kings Langley are contained in Packages 1 and 6
⦁ Increased capacity and access to the M25 at J20 and J19.
⦁ Park and Ride transport hub - close to Kings Langley station. New link road connecting to A4251 and onwards to M25 J20. Served by improved bus links between Hemel, Watford and Watford & Croxley business parks, 500/501 bus service & walk-link to Kings Langley station.
⦁ Better bus services between Watford and Hemel - Bus priority lanes on the A41 from the A414 through M25 J20 to M25 J19 spur (Hunton Bridge Roundabout) reallocating one lane to buses only, or construction of additional bus lane with bus priority signals.
⦁ Improve the cycle lane along the canal and into Watford.
dacorum Borough Council publish Local Plan Timetable
It looks like there will be a long wait before we know for certain what Dacorum Borough Council have decided regarding the development of the Green Belt in and around Kings Langley. Their timetable for the Local Plan process indicates that it will not be adopted until after September 2019.
In the meantime, we shall remain vigilant and continue to fight threats against the Green Belt as they arise.
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You did it! we exceeded our fundraising target
We set ourselves a target of £10,000 to cover professional responses to the consultation stage of DBC's Local Plan and your generosity has helped us cover those costs and have some in reserve for future battles, the first of which will be Rectory Farm. A big "Thank You" to all who have contributed. The fight is far from over and further contributions will help us in the future. If you would like to contribute, please use the Donate button below
Rectory Farm Outline Planning Application for 55 houses approved 26 June 2019
The owner of Rectory Farm, Angle Property, submitted an outline planning application for the development of up to 55 dwellings covering the same footprint as the brownfield part of the site, the whole site being in the Green Belt. Although the KL&DRA opposes development of Green Belt land, development of brownfield land within Green Belt sites is extremely difficult to prevent. However, the KL&DRA does completely oppose any further development of the greenfield areas of the site beyond these 55 dwellings and would fight against any such proposal.
KL&DRA has submitted comments to DBC on the application and also sent a letter to the Planning Case Officer asking a number of questions. Our comments can be read here. We are awaiting a response to our questions and will update this website with the response in due course.
This application was granted by Dacorum Borough Council on 26 June 2019.
New service station, hotel, parking and rest stop proposed at Junction 20 of the M25
Many of you will have heard about the above proposal right on our doorstep.
Moto Hospitality Ltd held a consultation event regarding their proposals for the new Motorway Service Area (MSA) at Junction 20 of the M25 on Wed 24 October in Kings Langley. We know that the event was well attended by local residents who had the opportunity to provide written comments to Moto. Please note that the Moto development is included in the list of sites in the new Three Rivers Local Plan which can also be commented upon. (Site reference: CFS24: South West Junction 20 of the M25). Click here to view the Three Rivers New Local Plan document.
Deadline for comments to be submitted to Three Rivers is 5pm on Friday 7th December 2018. A link to the Three Rivers Local Plan web page is here.
Read our April 2020 newsletter here
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