Members of the public can give their thoughts and comments on Hertsmere’s draft Local Plan from today (Monday 11 October).
Residents, businesses and all interested parties have until Monday 22 November to have their say on our draft Local Plan. The draft plan, which was published last month, 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 outlines how Hertsmere will meet the central government requirements to plan for at least 760 homes per year in the borough until 2038.
It is available to view at www.hertsmerelocalplan.com
along with further information, including summaries of what the plan covers, what it could mean for each of the borough’s main areas, an overview of the next steps and frequently asked questions. People can fill out the online survey or give their comments through the online consultation portal, both are available via the website.
Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Communications and Consultation, Cllr Morris Bright MBE, explained: "Today marks the first day of one of the most important engagement exercises that we have ever undertaken, as a council.
"Over the next six weeks, we'll be working tirelessly to ensure residents and local groups have the opportunity to have their say.
"To that end from today onwards, you should expect to see a newsletter through your door and posts on your social media feed, all promoting how you can have your say on our draft plan.
"However, it's also about everyone taking time to give their feedback, either by filling out our online survey or providing responses through the consultation portal.
"We need your views on how the borough could grow in the future to ensure it remains the wonderful place to live, work and visit that it is today."
Portfolio Holder for Planning, Cllr Dr Harvey Cohen, added: "Our draft Local Plan aims to ensure that we deliver the homes we've been told to by central government, alongside the jobs, infrastructure and services to support this growth.
"We’re inviting as many people as possible to take a look at the plan and give their views on the proposals for growth by visiting our bespoke website www.hertsmerelocalplan.com.
"This is an important stage in the Local Plan process but it isn't the final one - there will be a further opportunity to comment next year.
"Additionally, we will continue to review the draft Local Plan as the Government updates its advice and requirements as to housing numbers.
"However, by submitting your views now, you can help shape how the plan moves forward and how the borough grows over the next 15 years and beyond."
Hard copies of the plan and response forms and pre-paid envelopes are available at accessible locations across the borough, including libraries and parish and town council offices.
There will also be a further opportunity to comment on the final plan next year, before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for formal examination.
Posted on Monday 11th October 2021