Chorleywood residents will be soon asked in a referendum if they support the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
This is part of the elections on May 6.
The aim of the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is to protect villagers from inappropriate development.
In fact, the NDP came out of the government’s determination to ensure that local communities are closely involved in the decisions which affect them.
The Chorleywood NDP has been developed to establish a vision for the parish and to help deliver the local community’s aspirations and needs for the foreseeable future.
It is a statutory document that will be incorporated into the district planning frameworks and must be used by Three Rivers District Council to determine planning applications.
A spokesperson from the parish council said: “Starting with the Community Plan, a group of like minded individuals from various interest groups worked on a number of questions which were circulated to every household.
“These questions asked about what was important to residents. From the data accumulated a group of local residents and members from the Friends of the Common and the Chorleywood Residents Association along with the Parish Council spent three years putting together the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan.
“The Plan, if agreed at referendum, will become a legal document, which planners and developers will have to adhere to.
“It does not stop development but it will shape our community ensuring that there is sufficient infrastructure in place to support development, that the sites are not over developed and that development is in keeping with the local area.
“Chorleywood Parish Council are very proud of the Chorleywood Neighbourhood Plan and urge everyone to vote on May 6.”
The Chorleywood Residents’ Association, speaking about the NDP, said: “We would encourage all residents to take this opportunity to vote “YES” – the more support the plan gets from residents the more seriously Three Rivers District Council will take the provisions of the Neighbourhood Plan when considering planning applications.”
The Parish Council would like to thank the members of the Steering Committee for their hard work and time to get this completed.