The Chorleywood Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) now becomes a legal document as 90 per cent of the people who voted in the referendum on May 6 said yes.
Chorleywood Parish Council (CPC) are very pleased with the result as both Three Rivers planners and the Planning Inspectorate will have to take the policies of the NDP into account when deciding planning applications.
Yvonne Merritt, clerk to the council said: “The parish council are very proud of this document which has been seven years in the making.
“This could not have been achieved without the help and input of many local organisations, firstly with the Community Plan questionnaire sent out to all residents in 2014.
From this the members of the Neighbourhood Plan team which included not only councillors and officers from the parish council but representatives from Chorleywood Residents, Friends of the Common, and residents who looked at what was concerning the population of Chorleywood in planning terms but also what was important and what should be preserved.”
The Plan states that the Green Belt and the AONB should be protected, conservation areas should maintain their character, limiting the size and density of new developments and making sure that there is sufficient infrastructure to support residents and most importantly helping to protect and retain Chorleywood’s unique character.
Yvonne added: “We are grateful to all those who voted for the neighbourhood plan and we feel that this will make a positive impact on the way development is shaped in the future, special thanks go to all those who worked so hard with the parish council on both the Community Plan and Neighbourhood Plan to make it all possible.”