Residents and businesses have just under two weeks left to give their views on the future of Potters Bar and St Albans as part of the South West Herts Joint Strategic Plan.

More than 3,000 responses have already been submitted according to the South West Hertfordshire 2050 - Realising Our Potential document, which marks the first formal plan-making stage for the JSP.

Drawn up by Hertsmere Borough Council, St Albans City and District Council, Dacorum Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council and Watford Borough Council, the plan covers all aspects of life in the area.

The consultation period is open until 5pm on Friday, November 4.

“We know people feel passionately about where they live and work, and that they rightly have strong views on how they want the area to grow or change,” councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Hertsmere Borough Council’s portfolio holder for planning.

“The South West Hertfordshire Joint Strategic Plan will set high level policies on climate change, infrastructure, housing, transport, sports and leisure provision, and employment - issues which we're grappling with in Hertsmere, as are the other local authorities involved in the plan.

“This is the final opportunity for people in Hertsmere to have their say on the vision and objectives which will inform that plan and provide a bedrock from which all future decisions about the JSP will be made. Make sure your voice is heard.”

Chair of the South West Herts Member Group and leader of St Albans City and District Council, Cllr Chris White, added: “I want to thank everyone who has taken the opportunity to engage with us about this important piece of work that will go on to shape the future of our area.

“This document marks the first step towards delivering a plan which will address the key issues and opportunities facing South West Hertfordshire until 2050.

“In it, we try to tackle the big questions head-on, such as how we balance our need for growth with the need to protect and enhance our green spaces and environment.

“If you haven't had a chance to respond but would like to give your views, there is still time. Every comment matters to us.”

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