Residents will have a chance to give their views on the potential development approaches for Hertsmere and learn more about the process of creating a new Local Plan at drop-ins across the borough over the next month.
A touring public exhibition based on our new Issues and Options report, which outlines the scale of growth needed in Hertsmere over the next 15 years and the different ways this growth could be achieved, will be kicking off on Tuesday 24 October at the Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar. There will also be a chance to see the display at Allum Hall, Elstree on Wednesday 25 October; the Bushey Centre on Tuesday 7 November and the Radlett Centre on Wednesday 8 November, before its final date at Shenley Primary School on Monday 13 November. Each drop-in session will run from 6.30pm until 9pm. Councillors and officers will be on hand to answer questions.
The sessions are part of the second round of public consultation, which launched last month, aimed at helping us prepare a new Local Plan. All views and comments received will be considered when drawing up the plan, which will determine how the area develops over the next 15 years.
Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Localism, said: “This is a chance for residents to see, not only, how we imagine the borough could grow over the next couple of decades, but also how the area has grown and changed in our lifetimes.
“Hertsmere faces some real challenges and opportunities; our population is expected to increase by 20,000 over the next 20 years; we will need more homes, more jobs and more community facilities and other types of infrastructure to support that growth; and yet we live in a borough where nearly 80 per cent of land is Green Belt.
“These exhibitions are about ensuring that everyone who lives and works here, and cares about this unique area, gets a chance to read through the analysis, grapple with the issues, ask questions and have their say about how the borough grows and changes in the future.”
All Hertsmere residents should have received a Planning for Growth newsletter through their letterbox last month. It gives details about the second round of consultation, summarises the development options and explains how people can get involved.
Read the full Issues and Options report here or read a paper copy at your local library, area council offices and parish and town council offices. The consultation is open until Thursday 30 November.
Posted on Tuesday 10th October 2017