PLANS to build up to 160 new homes on Green Belt land in Croxley Green have attracted more than 1,300 objections during a local consultation.
Public views were sought on the scheme earmarked for Killingdown Farm, in Little Green Lane, as part of a wider project to meet national government housing targets.
Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) held a consultation on the development between November 9 and January 15, after the proposals were announced last autumn.
A recently published summary of responses found that 1,361 residents opposed the plans, with 136 votes in favour.
Many fear the local infrastructure will become stretched to breaking point, with roads, public transport, education and medical services being hit badly.
But the consultation has been criticised by Croxley Green Residents' Association, who say people were unlikely to find the questionnaire, which was included in Three Rivers Times – a magazine produced by the district council.
TRDC says the questionnaire was sent to all homes and businesses in the district and was also available online, and advertised on the front of its website.
Barry Grant, chairman of the Croxley Green Residents' Association, said the 'resounding response' was in part due to his group's determination to publicise the consultation: "We spoke to hundreds of residents about this consultation having called at more than 400 dwellings in Croxley Green," he said.
"The overwhelming opinion was that residents had relatively little interest in reading a promotional glossy magazine. As a result, most of them had not seen the TRDC consultation 'hidden' inside and would have preferred that the document was received separately."
Croxley Green parish councillor Frank Brand agreed publicity for the consultation was inadequate. He said: "When you look at the population of Croxley Green it is clear from this survey that lots of people have not made their views known – there could be even more people that are opposed to the development.
"The problem is that Three Rivers has got this mandate to build 2,000 homes but there isn't enough land without building on green belt land.
"I think the parish council should be getting more involved – they worry about silly little things instead of looking at the real issues that affect the people of Croxley."
Five other proposed housing sites across the district were also included in the consultation, including Rickmansworth police and fire stations, in Rectory Road, which received 356 votes of support and 233 objections.
Councillor Martin Trevett, cabinet member for the environment at TRDC, said: "We have had nearly 2,000 responses to our consultation district-wide and we are considering these very carefully.
"No decision has yet been made about the farm and we will be keeping residents informed."
A final decision will be made by the TRDC executive committee next Monday, March 29.
See http://northwood.uxbridgegazette.co.uk for the results from next Tuesday (30).
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