Hertsmere Local Plan consultation extended
PUBLISHED: 15:59 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:59 21 February 2017
An initial consultation about the future of Hertsmere and how the borough should develop over the next 15 years has been extended.
Respondents have until the end of March to give their views on a wide range of topics including housing, jobs, community facilities, open spaces and travel and transport issues as part of Hertsmere Borough Council’s preparation work for the new Local Plan.
The plan will guide development and influence how the borough changes over the next 15 years.
All comments will help the council set out potential development options and issues in a follow-up document to be published later this year.
Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen said: “We’ve been thrilled with the response to our consultation so far.
“We’ve had more than 350 responses but we’re keen to ensure as many people as possible get a voice.
“We want to work in partnership with landowners, developers, residents, businesses and all interested groups to ensure that our new Local Plan reflects their aspirations and desires, and provides a sustainable vision of the future.
“This is an exciting time for Hertsmere, and while there are challenges ahead, we’re confident that by working together the borough can develop and grow in a way that benefits us all.”
Landowners and developers attended an event at the Metro Bank in Borehamwood last week to find out more about the new Local Plan. The event follows a similar presentation made to business owners last year and also comes as part of the council’s Call for Sites.
The council is inviting people to submit for consideration any sites 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 to meet existing and future need.
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 could also be submitted.
For more information about the new Local Plan go to www.hertsmere.gov.uk/newlocalplan
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