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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Planning Application 22/1826/OUTEI – 43 London Road

Shenley Parish Council would like you to know the following:

The Parish Council meeting in the Main Hall at the Village Hall on Tuesday 6th December will start earlier than usual. It will start at 7pm rather than 7.30pm.

Planning Application 22/1826/OUTEI – 43 London Road, Shenley WD7 9ER for the development at Shenley Grange for up to 177 dwellings and a community facility will be considered by the Full Parish Council at the meeting on Tuesday 6th December. Normally Shenley Parish planning applications are considered by the Parish Council Planning Committee but the Planning Committee Terms of Reference state that planning applications that are of major importance to the village have to be considered by full Council. This is the case for all such important planning applications.

Members of the public are invited and very welcome to attend Parish Council meetings. They can also watch them by Zoom.

On Tuesday 6th December residents will be invited to speak at the beginning of the main meeting as always. The meeting is starting early, at 7pm, to allow more time for residents to speak. Having listened to residents the meeting will then consider Agenda items and the first item will be Application Ref: 22/1826/OUTEI. Councillors will then duly consider the application and take a vote as to whether to support it or not.

Please note that Parish Councillors are not being difficult but due to ‘predetermination rules’ we cannot make comments about the application until after it has been officially considered and voted on.

The Parish Council recommends that residents find out as much as possible about Application 22/1826/OUTEI then give Hertsmere Borough Council your comments on line (link at bottom of message), by email, by post or hand delivery.

Shenley Parish Council welcome your comments, we want to know what you think, but we are not the deciding authority, Hertsmere Borough Council is, so we recommend you send your comments to Hertsmere.

Please note that you will still be able to send comments about the application after the 6th December and will be able to do so until 5pm on the day that the Hertsmere Planning Committee consider the application. When we know the date, it is to be considered we will let you know.

Nicky Beaton
Chair Shenley Parish Council.

2022 Xmas Tree

Christmas Lights Switch on Mon 28th November at 6pm

Xmas Lights Photo

Senior Citizens Christmas Outing 2022

It’s been a while, but we are finally back with a Christmas theatre outing! Due to continued popular demand we are once again going to London to see a show and have a look at the Christmas Lights on the way.

This year’s outing is booked for WEDNEDAY 14TH DECEMBER, and we will be going to The Savoy Theatre for a matinee showing of the hit musical COME FROM AWAY. The pick-up will be from Andrews Close (Tesco Stores) at 12.30. We aim to be back in Shenley by 7.30pm. For anyone who may require it there is plenty of room on the coaches to store wheelchairs and walking aids.

Any Senior Citizen resident in the Parish of Shenley is eligible to come along. There is a donation of £37.50 per person and this includes return coach travel and some of the best seats in the house. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you know any senior citizens who are interested please ask use the contact us, from the top right.

Parish Council Clerk


First Shenley Rainbow Photo

The 1st Shenley Rainbow unit urgently need more volunteers in order to stay open.


Beth Bean whose daughter currently attends the unit expressed her determination to save the group on Facebook.

She wrote: “If we cannot find anyone by December then the unit will have to close which will be so sad for the children who go each Friday and love it. This role is voluntary but very rewarding”.

Can you, or perhaps someone you know stop this well-loved unit from closing? The Rainbows have a very long association with Shenley Village, taking an active part in the Community Summer Fetes and Autumn Apple Days. So many youngsters have enjoyed their time as Rainbows in Shenley.

Girlguiding leader Nicola Day said: “We have a super team of Young Volunteers but need at least one more adult helper to make things work. We know that many Girlguiding leaders work full time, so we are looking to run a flexible leadership team which will make it easier for everyone to volunteer. We need this additional support to keep our active unit running.” If you are able help, please email radlettdistrict@girlguidinghertfordshire.org.uk


Land Adjacent And To The Rear Of 52 Harris Lane Shenley Hertfordshire
Construction of 46 dwellings with associated landscaping and open space to include access from Harris Lane. (Outline Application with Appearance, Landscaping, Layout and Scale Reserved)

At the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 5th July, the Parish Council OBJECTED to the application on the grounds that: –

• The Parish Council OBJECTED to building anything on this Green Belt site.
• The Parish Council NOTED and took into account the swell of local opinion against this application.
• The proposal to build on the Green Belt land is covered in the NPPF which clearly states that only in “exceptional circumstances” should building on Green Belt sites be acceptable. The Parish Council believe that the application does not meet the NPPF clause of “exceptional circumstances”

• Arup the highly respected consultancy group in the UK and across the world produced a Green Belt assessment for Hertsmere Borough Council and in their “Inset Village Boundary Assessment – Final Report March 2021” refers to the proposed development site (SH.5) under Recommended Boundary stating: “It is recommended that no alterations are made to this section of Green Belt boundary.

• Rural Shenley covers a substantial area of the Parish and includes the location of the site. Close to Mimms Lane and Rectory Lane with fields, agricultural land, and woodland. This is an area of unquestionable beauty with views enjoyed by many, not only people living in Shenley but across the Borough. The view from Harris Lane site entrance gate is outstanding and marks the beginning of a walk into Rural Shenley via Mimms Lane and this would be destroyed forever!
• The increase in traffic cannot be ignored with its impact on Harris Lane, the village, and Mimms Lane and Rectory Lane using short cuts. Potentially over an additional hundred cars, Harris Lane is narrow and with parking often difficult to manoeuvre. It should be remembered that Harris Lane is a “country Lane”.
• The proposed density is twice that of the surrounding area and is substantially more so in the recently approved Cowley Hill Stables, Ridge Hill Stables and Garden Centre in London Road.