Appeal for development sites in Potters Bar and rest of Hertsmere borough
PUBLISHED: 13:08 30 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:08 30 January 2017
An appeal for potential housing or employment sites in Hertsmere has been issued as part of the next steps in a major piece of work on the borough’s future development.
Around 300 landowners, developers and agents will have received letters or emails from Hertsmere Borough Council‘s policy and transport manager Mark Silverman this week inviting them to submit for consideration any sites they know of with potential for development.
Current estimates are that land for 9,000 new homes and the same number of jobs will have to be found in the borough over the next two decades in order to meet existing and future need.
The letters have been issued as an initial consultation to help with preparing Hertsmere’s new Local Plan closed this month.
The Local Plan will guide development and influence how the borough changes over the next 15 years.
Around 350 responses have been submitted to the consultation, which asked for views on housing, jobs, community facilities, open spaces and travel and transport issues.
Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Localism and Planning, said: “We were really pleased with the number of people who took the time to give their views about how they see Hertsmere’s future.
“The new Local Plan is an important piece of work, because it will help us ensure that Hertsmere grows and develops in a way that is sustainable, achievable and desirable for everyone.
“However, the plan will mean nothing if there isn’t the land available to build on and develop, hence why we’re launching a Call for Sites now.
“This is the first step in a long process of reviewing and updating our records on what land could be used to help meet our growing housing and economic needs.
“Not all sites will be suitable, and we will need to ensure that the infrastructure is in place where any significant growth occurs. However, we are keen to hear from anyone who knows of or owns a site, so we can at least assess its potential for development.”
To be eligible for consideration, sites should have the potential to accommodate five or more homes or have 500m2 of floorspace or 0.25ha available for economic development.
Sites which could accommodate pitches for gypsies and travellers can also be submitted.
Respondents are asked to complete a questionnaire and return it with a map showing the site boundary to the council before 5pm on Friday, March 3.
Further details and a downloadable questionnaire are on the council’s website www.hertsmere.gov.uk/callforsites
The initial consultation into the new Local Plan closed on Friday, January 20.
All comments will be used to help set out potential development options and issues in a follow-up document to be published later this year.
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