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Record engagement on Hertsmere's draft Local Plan

Last Modified December 07, 2021
More than 12,000 comments and views have been submitted on Hertsmere’s draft Local Plan, meaning more people have engaged on the future of the borough than ever before.

During the latest eight week round of public engagement on our draft plan, thousands of responses have been received by email, via the online consultation portal and survey and by post from residents, businesses and other interested parties. The final figure is yet to be confirmed whilst our Planning officers continue to process the submissions, but expectations are that the number of responses for this round of engagement on the plan, exceeds those from previous rounds by a wide margin (1). Members of the public had until yesterday (Monday 6 December) to submit their comments.

The draft plan sets out how the borough could grow over the next 15 years and beyond, by providing homes for the next generation as well as the infrastructure and jobs needed to support this growth. It is available to view, along with a raft of other information, at www.hertsmerelocalplan.com.

Cllr Morris Bright MBE, Leader of the council and Portfolio Holder for Communications and Consultation said: "We want to thank everyone who took the time to make their views heard. We're delighted at the number of responses we've received to this public engagement - one of the most successful ever undertaken by the council.

"As a council, we've pulled out all the stops to make sure as many people as possible were aware of our draft plan and knew how to comment.

"We've used an array of online and more traditional methods, including social media posts, newsletters, a bespoke website, local media and stakeholder briefings to reach people and we also appreciate what others have done to help promote the plan and encourage everyone to have their say.

"We will now be working through all the comments submitted and taking them into consideration in the next step of the Local Plan process."

Cllr Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning said: "Again, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to give their views and comments on our draft plan.

"We extended the engagement period for two weeks to allow more time for residents to consider the emerging plan and provide feedback because we understand the importance of this document and the strength of feeling about some of the proposed changes.

"Now, we'll begin the hard work of going through all your comments and preparing a revised plan for submission to the Secretary of State next year.

"However, by taking part in this engagement now and the previous rounds of engagement we've held since 2016, you have helped us ensure the final version of the plan is as robust, comprehensive, fair and ambitious for our borough as it can be."

A further round of public engagement, which will last for around six weeks, is planned for next year, before the draft plan is submitted to a government-appointed inspector for examination. More details will be published nearer the time.

Once examined, it will then be considered for adoption by council members, which means it would determine how planning applications are considered moving forward.

Posted on Monday 6th December 2021

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