The Chorleywood Parish Council is disappointed that the former Post Office in the village is being lost to residential flats under permitted development.
The council in fact responded to the Prior Approval objecting to the loss of a commercial unit within the local shopping parade.
The chair of the parish council planning committee cllr Zenab Haji-Ismail said: “This blanket policy contradicts and undermines other national and local planning policies that promote sustainable communities and walkable neighbourhoods forcing residents to drive to access services required and all for a minimal housing return.
“The creation of these units would fail to create good quality homes with defensible space and proper amenities for the future residents of these units that is contrary to a number of policies in the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan (2020).”
The parish council is pleased to see that 27 business leaders have written to the Secretary of State urging the government to re-evaluate this policy allowing conversion of retail units to residential flats.
It is also glad that for now there is a Post Office service available for residents at Lords.