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Appeal for sites for Hertsmere's new Local Plan

Last Modified October 27, 2022
An appeal for potential housing, employment and green infrastructure sites in Hertsmere has been issued as part of work to set out a new blueprint for development in the borough.

Landowners, developers and other stakeholders are being invited by Hertsmere Borough Council to submit for consideration any sites they know of with potential for development. Among the sites which could be submitted are those capable of delivering five or more homes; offering specialist care; delivering only affordable homes; accommodating offices, industrial, storage, or distribution spaces and sites that would generate employment.

The council is particularly interested in sites on land that has been previously used for commercial or industrial purposes; sites that accommodate blue-green infrastructure, such as sustainable drainage systems or natural flood managements, and sites that would ensure biodiversity net gain, meaning biodiversity levels would increase following development. 

Earlier this year, it was decided that the current version of Hertsmere's new Local Plan would be set aside following an extensive public engagement, in which 18,000 responses were received - the highest response rate to a consultation conducted by the council. Work is now underway on a new version of the plan, which will guide development and influence how the borough changes in the short to medium term.

Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: "We're committed to producing an up-to-date Local Plan that benefits our existing and future residents 

"Only this way can we positively shape growth in the borough and reduce the risk of speculative developments, where the needs of local communities have not been considered.

"The first step towards ensuring our new plan is the best that it can be is to work hard to identify and fully investigate every site that could be available for development. 

“That is why we’re launching this current Call for Sites and appealing for as many submissions as possible.

"We're particularly interested in available sites on previously developed land, known as brownfield sites, and sites that could help us meet our climate action target of net-zero carbon by 2050."

Respondents are asked to complete a questionnaire and return it with a map showing the site boundary to the council before midday on Thursday 22 December. Further details and a downloadable questionnaire are here.

Posted on Thursday 27th October 2022

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