Potters Bar landmark Canada Life Place is one of 47 sites which could be set aside for development in Hertsmere’s new homes masterplan.

The office block is visible from the M25 and could become 265 new homes if borough councillors agree to press ahead with a new set of planning policies.

Also among the sites is The Point in Borehamwood, which is home to Reel Cinema and Buzz Bingo which could become 120 homes.

Local Plans set out what councils expect to see in planning applications, if developers would like to build on a site.

Hertsmere Borough Council must produce an up-to-date plan. The authority produced a draft Local Plan in September 2021 and received around 18,000 responses to a consultation, according to a report which councillors will debate on Wednesday, March 20.

Since the survey, the authority changed hands at the 2023 local election, with a Labour and Liberal Democrat joint administration taking over from the Conservatives.

A new document features a revised set of sites, that is due to go out for another consultation after the meeting.

The report notes the plan-making team developed a “site matrix” to score each site “in terms of its various potential constraints with a focus on the quality of the Green Belt”.

Other criteria included transport links, flood risk and access to services.

“The council has revised and amended the Hertsmere Local Plan, by giving greater weight to the importance of Hertsmere’s Green Belt, whilst still seeking to deliver green and sustainable growth over the next 15 years and beyond,” the report reads.

One of the new sites to feature in the plan is the Canada Life plot.

“It currently consists of the Canada Life tower and another office block to the south, along with a large car park and two rows of commercial units fronting the high street,” the draft plan notes.

It proposes residential use for the site, “possibly with some older persons’ housing and around 2,500 square metres of commercial uses including office space”.

The site is not in the Green Belt and could provide enough space for 265 homes.

The Point in Borehamwood had been included in the previous plan, set for 150 homes.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: The Point in BorehamwoodThe Point in Borehamwood (Image: Google)

The indicative new homes figure for this “prominent town centre location” has fallen to 120 in the revised plan.

A developer who wants to build on the site would need to “respond appropriately to the character of the surrounding area”.

Also in Borehamwood, the plan moots building 165 homes on the Civic Centre car park, 60 homes at the Shell petrol station opposite The Venue Leisure Centre, and 270 homes on either side of Elstree Way near the Civic Centre roundabout.

The authority would demand “Elstree Way Corridor” developers stump up funds for highways projects, better walkways and cycleways in Elstree Way, and a contribution to new school places in the borough.

Borehamwood and Elstree – not including Elstree Village – were set for 2,155 new homes in the old plan.

The revised strategy earmarks land for 1,655 homes, plus a 75-bed care home.

Among the proposals set to disappear from the Local Plan process is a site which could take around 800 new homes on land to the east of Cowley Hill.

Elstree Village is set for 260 homes, up from 190 in the previous strategy.

Potters Bar was set for 2,340 new homes in the previous strategy.

This figure has more than halved – to 1,070 in the revised plan.

The largest site set for new homes is Potters Bar Golf Course – which could be set aside for 500 homes and a new two-form entry primary school, which was suggested in the previous plan.

In Bushey, the number of proposed new homes on earmarked sites has fallen from 1,750 to 375.

Among the sites proposed for development is Kemp Place car park, for 35 homes, with the promise that “some public car parking would remain on site after development”.

Planners have removed a 750-home site from the revised strategy, at a location known as Compass Park.

In the villages, Radlett is set to gain 250 homes, with a further 180 in Shenley, 85 in South Mimms and 90 in the Aldenham parish villages beyond Radlett.

A total of 2,400 homes at Bowmans Cross – a new settlement near London Colney – are set to come forward by 2040, as part of a longer-term 5,000-home project.

Taking into account other developments outside of the “strategic sites”, the number of proposed homes for building in the new strategy is 9,396 – down from 12,160 in the previous document.