New garden suburbs for Potters Bar?
PUBLISHED: 15:54 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:03 10 October 2017
Hertsmere Council has come up with five potential ways to develop the borough in order to meet future housing needs, including the possible expansion of Potters Bar with garden suburbs.
The council is currently preparing its Local Plan, which will be the blueprint for development over the next 15 years.
It is expected that 9,000 new homes will need to be built to meet demand, doubling the rate of house building in recent years.
The council states: “The Government wants development to be focused on previously developed land, known as brownfield sites, to deliver new housing and economic growth.
“We agree with this approach and our current plan directs all new developments to the borough’s existing built up areas.
“There is, however, a limited supply of brownfield land, and many of the sites which were previously available have been, or will be, built on in the next few years.
“There is insufficient brownfield land in the borough to meet all the need for new homes and jobs we have identified.
“We have asked landowners and developers to put forward possible development sites through our recent ‘call for sites’.
“More than 80 sites have been suggested and a number of these are on undeveloped land outside of existing towns and villages.
“We need, however, to ensure that any decision to permit development outside of existing built-up areas is only taken after all other opportunities have been exhausted, including the re-use of previously developed land and long-term vacant homes.
“We are now reviewing all of the sites which have been proposed by landowners and developers.
“We have also carried out an initial assessment of all local Green Belt land to understand whether this land continues to meet the Government’s stated purposes for Green Belt.
“These purposes include the need for Green Belt land to act as buffer in preventing nearby towns and villages merging.”
The council has come up with five potential development approaches:
•Redevelopment of urban brownfield sites
•Growth through new garden suburbs
•Supporting larger rural communities and growth of key villages
•Meeting the needs of other villages
•Creating a new garden village
The council states: “A combination of approaches for planning our future growth may well provide the way forward.
“At this stage, however, we have presented these ideas individually so that the implications can be more easily set out.”
A touring public exhibition based on Hertsmere Borough Council’s new Issues and Options report, which outlines the scale of growth needed in Hertsmere over the next 15 years and the different ways this growth could be achieved, will be kicking off on Tuesday, October 24 at the Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar.
There will also be a chance to see the display at Allum Hall, Elstree on Wednesday, October 25; the Bushey Centre on Tuesday, November 7, and the Radlett Centre on Wednesday, November 8, before its final date at Shenley Primary School on Monday, November 13.
Each drop-in session will run from 6.30pm until 9pm.
Councillors and officers will be on hand to answer questions.