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2003 Local Plan

Last Modified June 17, 2014

Until our New Local Plan is completed we will continue to use our saved policies from the Local Plan 2003 to assess planning applications, alongside our Core Strategy which was approved on 16 January 2013

We have a statutory duty to guide development within our borough and use a number of policies and guides to do so.

The Local Plan contains policies relating to a number of important issues including the Green Belt, housing, employment and transport.

Local Plan - proposals maps

 Our maps below provide some guidance as to the areas in which Local Plan Policies are applied. Please note that these maps do not represent the definitive Local Plan Proposals Map.

The map sections cover:

A. Radlett, Aldenham, Letchmore Heath, Munden & North Bushey

B. Bushey, Bushey Heath & Elstree View of Shenley Road shopping parade in Borehamwood, looking towards All Saints Church from the Elstree Studis end

C. Shenley, Ridge & South Mimms

D. Borehamwood & Dyrham Park

E. Potters Bar, Bentley Heath & Wrotham Park

F. Coursers Road & Tyttenhangar

Map Key

Please note: Due to their scale, these maps are provided for indicative purposes only and should not be viewed as definitive. No conclusions as to the policies affecting a particular area of land should be drawn without reference to the detailed Local Plan maps. We cannot be held responsible for any incorrect interpretation arising from viewing these plans.

A full set of the detailed map / plan appendices can be bought for £10 (plus £1 postage and packaging) per set. Please contact us if you would like a set. Due to file sizes, it is not possible to provide these here.

Local Plan - saved policies

The Core Strategy January 2013 was adopted at a Full Council meeting on 16 January 2013. The document now forms part of the Development Plan and is used in the determination of all planning applications registered on or after 17 January 2013. Read the Schedule of Local Plan 2003 policies that were not saved.

Planning policies - environmental issues

We are committed to sustainable development through the Local Agenda 21 process in which we continuously improve our services, policies and practices to contribute to a better quality of life for everyone now, and for future generations.

Rural development

View from South Mimms across fieldsAll of Hertsmere’s land outside of the main towns is in the Green Belt. Although there is a need to support the diversification of the rural economy, it is essential to ensure that the open nature, visual qualities and other important attributes of the Green Belt are maintained.

Government policy on rural development is outlined in the National Planning Policy Framework. The 2003 Local Plan contains policies guiding development in the countryside.

Supplementary Planning Guidance

Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) does not form part of a Local Plan but it supplements specific policies in a Plan and may be taken into account as a material consideration when decided on planning applications.
The Secretary of State will give substantial weight to SPG in making decisions that come before him where that SPG derives out of, and is consistent with, the development plan and has been prepared in a proper manner. Our SPG is prepared in consultation with the general public and other interested parties and their views are taken into account before a final version is adopted. Any SPGs which are at the consultation stage are published on our Planning Consultations page.

If you would like to be consulted on future new or revised Supplementary Planning Guidance then please contact our planning team at local.plan@hertsmere.gov.uk or via the details at the bottom of the page. Please provide us with your full contact details and list any issues that are of particular interest.

Mineral planning

Minerals are an essential part of our day-to-day to lives. The bricks in our homes, the pavements in our towns and the shops we visit all rely on minerals in their construction. Demand for minerals places extra pressure on our local environment. This is where the Minerals Local Plan comes in.

Hertfordshire County Council is the Minerals Planning Authority. The Minerals Local Plan aims to strike a balance between society's needs for minerals and the need to protect our local environment.

Further information on minerals can be found:

Waste planning

Hertfordshire County Council is the Waste Planning Authority and is required under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to prepare a Waste Local Plan.

The Waste Local Plan is a statutory plan that addresses the land-use aspects of waste management. It deals with all waste managed in its area, including that generated by businesses and the construction industry in addition to what is produced by households.

The Plan will seek to balance the need to establish waste management facilities with the need to protect the environment.

Further information on planning and waste management can be found:


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