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Residents still have a week to comment on potential sites for housing and employment

Last Modified December 13, 2018
Harvey Cohen

There is still time for the public to have their say on where new development could take place in the borough over the coming years.

The engagement period on some potential sites for housing and employment that have been put forward by landowners and housebuilders as we continue to develop our new Local Plan ends at midnight on 20 December. 

A series of exhibitions, held around the borough in November, were attended by more than 1,200 people who had the opportunity to discuss the latest phase with representatives of the council’s planning team.

Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Localism, said: “We want to hear from as many people as possible to enable us to plan for development on the most appropriate sites in the borough and I would encourage those who have not done so, to provide their comments over the remainder of this engagement period.

“We will not need to allocate every site that has been put forward by landowners and developers for inclusion in the plan and your views will ensure that the best sites are developed.”

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. 

The public can have their say through the online consultation portal www.hertsmere.gov.uk/newlocalplan. You can also view the sites that have been put forward on that web page.

Written responses can also be sent to the Planning Strategy Team, Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 1WA.
Posted on Thursday 13th December 2018

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