A planning application which has been submitted to Three Rivers District Council recently has been causing a stir in the village as over 60 residents have objected to the proposal.
The proposal, if accepted, will see the demolition of the Co-op on Chorleywood high street and construction of a three storey building compromising of eight residential flats on the first and second level and a new Co-op unit on the ground floor.
This has sparked outrage among residents and has been labelled as “totally unacceptable” by one objector.
The objector, who has lived in Chorleywood for 48 years, said: “This proposed Co-op development is totally unacceptable. As well as the lengthy and very disruptive building phase, this building would be much too high and completely at odds with buildings around it.
“It would be wrong to build eight flats without private or shared outdoor amenity space, contravening Three Rivers planning policy. People may well decide to shop elsewhere, to the detriment of other businesses.”
Another Chorleywood resident believes the development will damage the character of the village.
They said: “Over the 50 years I’ve lived in Chorleywood, the character has gradually been changing and not for the better. This development will further damage it.”
Verona, from Chorleywood believes the plans will make the already congested roads worse.
In her objection, she said: “This part of Lower Road is extremely congested at the best of times, and any deliveries would cause pure gridlock. The current loading bay is barely large enough to accommodate the delivery vehicles, and they have to ensure no cars are on the other side of the road in order to back in. A reduced parking bay would not suffice.”
Secretary of Chorleywood Residents’ Association, David Hiddleston, has revealed to ChorleywoodNews that CRA hasn’t lodged an objection to the proposal.
He explained: “As the residents’ association, we have to fairly express the community’s views and we have had both for and against arguments against the development.”