On this page you will find historical information

and links relating to our fight to protect the

Green Belt in and around Kings Langley

Parish Council Miss opportunity to save Kings Langley's green belt at rectory farm
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).

The image above shows the extent of the

new application. The image below 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.

 
 
Useful links:
To view the Dacorum Planning portal, please click here.
Rectory Farm planning application reference is:
20/00205/MFA. 
 
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.
 
 
Rectory Farm - Owners Angle Property - public exhibition held on 25 september 
In June of this year, Angle Property, the owners of the Rectory Farm site, were granted outline planning permission by Dacorum Borough Council for the demolition of existing buildings (the brownfield area of the farm) and the redevelopment of up to 55 residential units. The KL&DRA did not object to this in principle so long as the development was kept to the brownfield part of the farm only.
At the Public Exhibition, Angle Property unveiled their master planning for the emerging Dacorum BC Local Plan which will result in most of the site, brownfield and greenfield Green Belt land, being lost beneath 175 houses and a care home.
Their announcement for the exhibition can be seen here.
 
study by HCC and local planning authorities identifies a £3.59 billion infra- structure funding gap!

Hertfordshire County Council and Local Planning Authorities working together as the Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Planning Partnership commissioned a study on what would be needed and the costs of providing for the County's housing numbers  issued to the County by the Government.

The figures used are –

  • 6,425 dwellings per annum until 2036 (double the number for the last 6 years)

  • 107,000 new residents (Office for National Statistics forecast)

  • 44,650 additional jobs (East of England forecast)

They have estimated the cost of providing all the necessary infrastructure: roads, doctors, schools, water, sewage, electricity, etc. to be £5.7 billion. This figure represents providing the infrastructure but not additional annual revenue requirements or maintenance costs.

Their study demonstrated that existing funding will not deliver the scale of investment needed and a funding gap of £3.59 billion was identified.

They now need to work on how the infrastructure can be provided.

The full report is over 200 pages long, however, a copy of the Executive Summary can be seen here.

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.
Government publishes revised National Planning Policy Framework
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. 
Affordable homes on Green belt 'a lie' say CPRE
A BBC report provides an interesting insight from The Campaign to Protect Rural England regarding affordable homes and building on the Green Belt. 
Click here to view the report.
 
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.
Click here to view the DBC Local Plan timetable
 
read our nEWSLETTERs
Click here to view our November 2019 Newsletter
Click here to view our March 2019 Newsletter
 
Click here to view our November 2018 Newsletter 
Click here to view the KL&DRA June 2018 Newsletter 
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.
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