South Oxhey Initiative

The future of South Oxhey

By Beverley Small

Man at display
by Beverley Small
Adding sticky dots
by Beverley Small
Watford Rural Parish Council building
by Beverley Small


South Oxhey was built just after World War II.  Three Rivers District Council want people to think about what the estate should look like in the future and how it should be developed so that it will continue to thrive into the future and that its character and community are sustained.


The process will involve consultation through public meetings, exhibitions and events for residents, visitors, business, local councillors and other stakeholders in the area.

The first public open day

The first public open day took place on 7th April 2011 at Watford Rural Parish Council in Oxhey Drive.  When I popped along in the middle of the afternoon, there were a small crowd of people looking at display boards inviting them to state their preferences as to what they would like to see in the area, ranging from keeping green spaces to a new community space with function rooms to a better market.  We were able to mark our preferences using sticky green dots and add comments via sticky notes, and there was an opportunity to speak to representatives from Three Rivers District Council.

Did you attend the open day?   How do you feel about the development of your community?

Updated – Timeline – February 2017

Follow the link for the updated timeline

Updated – July 2017

Follow the link for further updates and photographs

There is also further information about the development on the link.

Updated – December 2017

Follow the link for further updates and photographs

Updated – August 2018

Further information about the continued development can be found on the following link


This page was added on 07/04/2011.

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  • Nothing yet, they are still talking about it.

    By Susan Waller (13/07/2014)
  • What changes were made as a result of these meetings ?

    By Barbara Birch (11/07/2014)
  • South Oxhey Labour Party is supportive of the initiative and will be commenting on the plans when they are published. See our initial comments on

    By Brendan O'Brien (26/07/2011)
  • What a good idea! I am sure that sort of information in the area of the station would be well received by commuters. Why not suggest it to ‘Three Rivers District Council’.

    By Susan Waller (23/04/2011)
  • I for one didn’t receive a ‘Three Rivers Times’ or questionnaire, and my neighbours around me don’t know what was happening. A sign or bill board at the train station for example to let people know that important changes are about to happen, would have picked up a wider mix of people. Depending on where you read,there are 11,000-18,000 people here and although the event may have been well attended its a tiny percentage. My fear is that development will be pushed through without proper consultation.

    By Martyn Willis (19/04/2011)
  • Really thought this Open Day was well planned and judging from the number of people in the Parish Hall it was well attended. The picture boards were a really good idea and gave people the opportunity to have their say as did the questionaire which was delivered to all the houses locally as the centre page in the ‘Three Rivers Times’. This questionaire was also online, which was very useful. I look forward to seeing the results of this Open Day in the next ‘Three Rivers Times’ on Tuesday 14th June 2011 and at the Watford Rural Area Forum on Thursday 30th June 2011 at  Oxhey Wood School at 7.30 p.m. It was useful to be able to sign up for the South Oxhey e-newsletter at

    By Susan Waller (13/04/2011)
  • These important meetings, always happen during the day when a lot of people are working and cannot attend. I find that they are often poorly publicised and often I find them after the event. We would get more of South Oxhey into the discussion (particularly those who work) by having a later meeting or on a Saturday morning?

    By Martyn Willis (10/04/2011)