Potters Bar MP talks schools’ future in Local Plan

PUBLISHED: 17:49 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:49 03 July 2018

Oliver Dowden with councillors Harvey Cohen and Terry Douris. Picture: supplied by Oliver Dowden

Oliver Dowden with councillors Harvey Cohen and Terry Douris. Picture: supplied by Oliver Dowden

supplied by Oliver Dowden

Oliver Dowden, MP for Hertsmere, has met with officials from Hertfordshire County Council and Hertsmere Borough Council to discuss their plans for the future of the borough’s schools.

Councillor Harvey Cohen, cabinet member for planning at Hertsmere Borough Council and councillor Terry Douris, cabinet member of education at Hertfordshire County Council, joined Mr Dowden at his office in the House of Commons last week.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Dowden said: “If we build more homes, we must have the infrastructure to match.

“That’s why I met recently with both the borough and county councils to understand their plans for schools in Hertsmere.

“Current capacity is already under pressure and to deal with this, and any future growth, sites for schools need to be found as soon as possible in the Hertsmere Local Plan.

“I secured assurances from both Councils that this process is well under way and I will be monitoring their progress closely over the coming months.”

Hertfordshire County Council is in charge of approving plans for new schools, while Hertsmere Borough Council must find the sites for them in the Local Plan.

The Local Plan is an ongoing process and the borough council is examining a wide range of options to meet the Government’s targets for house building.

In September 2017, the council published its ‘Issues and Options Report’ which set out its first ideas, including a new garden village, urban extensions and brownfield development.

The next stage will be the ‘Preferred Options Report’, due to be published in September, which will set out in detail the plans for the future of the borough.

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