Hertsmere Council takes next step in Local Plan preparations

PUBLISHED: 11:03 27 September 2017

Hertsmere Council is preparing its Local Plan.

Hertsmere Council is preparing its Local Plan.

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Residents in Potters Bar and the wider Hertsmere borough are being asked for their views on a range of potential development options.

Hertsmere Council is asking residents for their views as the next step towards creating a development blueprint is taken.

The second round of public consultation aimed at helping to prepare for the borough’s new Local Plan comes as a new Issues and Options report is published.

This report outlines the scale of growth needed in the borough over the next 15 years and the different ways this growth could be achieved.

It sets out potential approaches and asks for comments about which might be most appropriate and where.

Among them are brownfield development, which involves using land within existing towns and villages that has previously been occupied.

Another option is new garden suburbs, which would see developments of up to 500 new homes created next to existing communities.

A third option is village growth, which looks at enlarging existing villages, and a new garden village, which would see the creation of a new community of up to 4,000 homes, complete with community facilities and infrastructure.

New estimates suggest that around 9,000 new homes and 9,000 new jobs will be needed in the borough 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.

A combination of approaches will probably need to be considered to meet and manage this growth, according to the council.

Christine Lyons, head of planning and economic development, said: “If our first consultation was the start of the conversation, where we introduced ourselves and the concept of a new Local Plan, this is the next stage, which aims to really drill down on people’s aspirations, hopes and preferences for where they live and work.”

Responses to the Issues and Options document will be used to help create an initial draft of the new Local Plan.

The plan will identify what sorts of development will be allowed where, and the factors that we will take into account when planning applications for any sort of development are put forward.

A further edition of the Planning for Growth newsletter will be landing on people’s doorsteps within the next few days, giving details of the report and how people can comment.

To take part or find out more go to www.hertsmere.gov.uk/newlocalplan

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