Clock is ticking on Hertsmere’s Local Plan consultation
PUBLISHED: 14:15 27 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:15 27 November 2017
Time is running out to give your views on how Potters Bar and the rest of the Hertsmere borough should grow and develop over the next 15 years.
A public consultation by Hertsmere Council to find out what people who live and work in the borough feel is the best approach to achieve growth locally is due to end on Thursday, November 30.
Since the consultation started in September, hundreds of responses have been received.
Around 500 people attended drop-in sessions in Elstree, Shenley, Potters Bar, Radlett and Bushey, and a further 180 people joined lively discussion events with councillor Harvey Cohen, portfolio holder for planning and localism, and Christine Lyons, head of planning and economic development, in Potters Bar, Bushey and Borehamwood.
New estimates are that around 9,000 new homes and 9,000 new jobs will be needed in Hertsmere over the next 15 years, which means the rate of housebuilding could have to more than double from what has been achieved in recent years, and more space would need to be provided for employment.
All views and comments received so far will be used to help shape a new draft Local Plan for Hertsmere.
Ms Lyons said: “We’ve really been impressed with the level of participation and thoughtful consideration of the issues this consultation has generated.
“The new Local Plan will not only help decide where new homes will be, how many of them there will be, and what sort of homes they will be, but it could also help encourage more jobs locally and attract more businesses to the area, as well as determine what infrastructure is built to support that growth such as new schools, new community facilities, or new cycleways and footpaths.
“For many people the possibility of new developments in their local area can be hugely daunting and stressful.
“That’s why throughout this consultation, we have emphasised that we are at a very early point in the process.
“Nothing has been decided, no sites have been allocated - this is your opportunity to give your views and help shape the future of the borough.”
A further consultation on the next stage of drafting a new Local Plan is likely to take place next year.
In the meantime, an important document outlining how the council plans to involve members of the public in future consultations on the new Local Plan and how people will be notified of planning applications, has been formally adopted.
A revised version of the Statement of Community Involvement was approved by councillors at a full council meeting last week, following a period of public consultation over the summer.
To find out more go to www.hertsmere.gov.uk/newlocalplan or to read the Statement of Community Involvement go to www.hertsmere.gov.uk/statementofcommunityinvolvement