Hello to 5,000 homes, bye bye Green Belt

PUBLISHED: 14:37 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 26 October 2009

WITH the borough already brimming with new housing sites, it has been revealed that an extra 5,000 new homes are on the way. The nightmare proposals were revealed at a launch of the East of England Plan on Monday. Hertsmere will receive funding from the

WITH the borough already brimming with new housing sites, it has been revealed that an extra 5,000 new homes are on the way.

The nightmare proposals were revealed at a launch of the East of England Plan on Monday.

Hertsmere will receive funding from the Government to build the homes to help reach the target of 508,000 more homes across the eastern region by 2021.

With land being used up for new housing seemingly at every possible piece of land, this latest news should create debate over whether Hertsmere can take the thousands of more properties.

With space at a premium, it also means some Green Belt land could be built upon to accommodate the new homes.

There are also concerns over the lack of plans to improve the infrastructure with local roads already congested enough as it is.

County councillor Derrick Ashley said: "Since these plans first emerged in 2004, we have consistently argued that additional homes cannot be built without significant development to Hertfordshire's infrastructure.

"Hertfordshire is already dealing with over-stretched transportation routes; traffic flows are 30 per cent higher than the national average and our road and rail networks are already struggling to cope."

And county council leader Robert Gordon said "We are furious that the Government has again failed to listen to local concerns about the impact of these housing numbers.

"We accept that some additional homes are needed, particularly to help key workers who struggle to afford house prices in Hertfordshire, but the numbers in the plan are approaching double what we, as local representatives, feel the county can accommodate on this timescale.


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