More than 1,200 people have attended exhibitions across Hertsmere to discuss the latest phase of the Local Plan.
Staff and councillors were delighted with the level of public interest in the exhibition, which showed potential housing and employment sites that have been put forward by landowners and developers for inclusion in the Plan.
The highest turnout was to the exhibition at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar, which attracted 440 visitors.
Other consultation events have been held at Bushey (250 visitors), Borehamwood (220), Shenley (160) and Radlett (140).
However, the public can still have their say on the plans through the online consultation portal https://tinyurl.com/ycuoaxgv until the engagement period ends on 20 December.
These comments will feed into the next stage, the publication of the draft Local Plan, at the start of next year and once this has been completed, the Plan will then be submitted to a Planning Inspector for approval.
Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Localism, said: “We are really pleased with the level of engagement from the public during these exhibitions and the comments provided at these events and via the online consultation portal will enable us to plan for development on the most appropriate sites in the borough.
“If you have not been able to attend any of the exhibitions, then you still have the chance to comment through the portal, which will remain open until 20 December, or by writing to the Planning Strategy Team at the Civic Offices.
“Remember that not all sites will need to be allocated and residents’ views will help us to decide which locations are the most appropriate.”
Once finalised and adopted in 2021, this plan will outline where development should take place in the borough over the next 15 years.
Central government requires all councils to prepare a Local Plan which sets out how numbers of homes and jobs will be boosted in each local authority area.
The government is currently reviewing its forecast on how many homes will be needed here in Hertsmere, but it is expected that land for at least 500 new homes each year will be needed for the next 15 or more years.
Land will also be needed to provide new jobs, leisure space, community facilities and other infrastructure.
Written responses should be sent to the Planning Strategy Team, Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 1WA.
Posted on Tuesday 27th November 2018