A newly elected Chorleywood councillor has hit out at suggestions that a housing development could be built on the car park at Chorleywood station.
According to councillor Harry Davies, several residents have been in touch with him regarding their concerns after the site was included in Three Rivers District Council’s (TRDC) newest Local Plan, as a location with the potential for 190 dwellings.
However, he has emphasised to Chorleywood News that the site was only included at the behest of the car park’s operators, Transport for London, and the chance of any housing developments being built there was highly unlikely.
He added: “The Secretary of State has written to councils instructing them to include developed land in their Local Plans, and that any Local Plan without all available brownfield sites included would be rejected.
“If the TRDC plan was rejected, the government could impose its required target of 11,466 on us. That could lead to all the rejected green field sites that the Lib Dems said no to around Chorleywood, being allocated for development.
“Therefore, our district council had no choice but to include this site.”
This was agreed by Chorleywood Residents’ Association.
Cllr Davies emphasised the unlikeliness of developments taking place in the space, due to the strict controls enforced by the council there. These include station car park provision being fully retained, alongside pedestrian access, and respecting existing conservation areas and heritage assets, as well as addressing flood risks.
Photo credit: Councillor Stephen Giles Medhurst