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CATLIPS FARM: Deputy leader says council will oppose Chorleywood green belt development

 Published on: 27th February 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The deputy leader of Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) has spoken out against developers’ proposals to build 300 homes on green belt land in Chorleywood.

Lib Dem councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst has stated that TRDC will oppose any planning applications put forward on the Catlips Farm site between Berry Lane and Shepherds Lane.

This comes after TRDC approved an environmental impact assessment screening request from Clovercourt Ltd. The request is described as being in relation to a potential new development of 300 residential dwellings.

Speaking to Chorleywood News, cllr Giles-Medhurst said: “The council has already rejected Catlips Farm as being unsuitable, and any development here would cause high harm to the green belt.

“It is clear that residents do not want development of precious green belt sites like this, and it will be opposed.”

Gary Sewell, director of Clovercourt Ltd, said: “I understand the councillor’s political position, but the real world problem of social mobility in our area is a massive concern for our young people.

We need much more affordable housing in Chorleywood/Rickmansworth than TRDC is proposing.

“We believe up to 300 affordable homes is a good start, and this location, with its newly designed proposed access off Shepherds Lane, will encourage sustainable travel that should mitigate the increased housing on existing residents.

“The 4,852 units proposed by TRDC will not be enough for our children and grandchildren. The housing crisis is real.”

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