Have your say on Potters Bar housing in Hertsmere’s Local Plan
PUBLISHED: 12:07 12 October 2018
People in Potters Bar will soon be invited to have their say on the next stage of housing development in Hertsmere.
Hertsmere Borough Council will be gathering feedback on a range of potential sites for housing and employment between Thursday, October 25 and Thursday, December 20, subject to executive approval. The sites have been put forward for possible inclusion in the borough’s new Local Plan.
In Potters Bar, four sites with the potential to provide more than 250 new homes have been submitted for consideration. These are land west of Dugdale Hill and Baker Street, land north west of The Avenue (Potters Bar Golf Course), land south of Oakroyd Avenue and west of Barnet Road, and land south of Park Avenue and east of Southgate Road.
After engaging with the public, the council will prepare a full draft plan for further comment, which will then be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. Once agreed, the Plan will outline where development should take place in the borough over the next 15 years. It is expected that land for at least 500 new homes each year will be needed across Hertsmere during that time, with additional land needed to provide new jobs, leisure space, community facilities and other infrastructure.
Cllr Dr Harvey Cohen, portfolio holder for planning and localism, said: “We had a really great response from the public, with many people attending events during the Issues and Options phase to give their views on the broad approaches to growth in the borough.
“Now we would like their views on the next stage, which outlines specific sites put forward for consideration by landowners and developers. Not all the sites will need to be allocated for development and residents’ views will help us to decide which locations are the most appropriate.
“This feedback will enable us to finalise our sites for development and to pick the right areas to accommodate the new homes and employment sites we need.”
Newsletters will be distributed to every household in the borough to explain more about the Local Plan process and how residents can give their views.
A public exhibition will be held at the Wyllyots Centre in Potters Bar on Tuesday, November 13, and residents are welcome to drop in any time between 4pm and 8pm.