We have a statutory duty to guide development within our borough and use a number of policies and guides to do so.
The Local Plan contains policies relating to a number of important issues including the Green Belt, housing, employment and transport. Some policies in the have been superseded by the Core Strategy 2013 so are no longer being used. Please see the list of Local Plan 2003 policies which no longer have effect.
The emerging Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan (published 2015) is also being used in the determination of planning applications (from 31 July 2015) subject to unresolved objections to specific policies.
Until our New Local Plan is completed we will continue to use our saved policies from the Local Plan 2003 to assess planning applications alongside the Core Strategy (2013), Elstree Way Corridor Area Action Plan (2015) and emerging Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan (submitted for Examination in November 2015))
Local Plan - proposals maps
Our maps below provide some guidance as to the areas in which Local Plan Policies are applied. Please note that these maps do not represent the definitive Local Plan Proposals Map as their resolution is lower, and therefore they do show as much detail..
The map sections cover:
A. Radlett, Aldenham, Letchmore Heath, Munden & North Bushey
B. Bushey, Bushey Heath & Elstree
C. Shenley, Ridge & South Mimms
D. Borehamwood & Dyrham Park
E. Potters Bar, Bentley Heath & Wrotham Park
F. Coursers Road & Tyttenhanger
Please contact the Planning Policy Team by email if you require a detailed check of the constraints on a specific site. Please attach a location plan to enable the site to be accurately located.
New Local Plan
The Local Plan 2003 is being replaced by the new Local Plan. This is formed of the Core Strategy (adopted 2013) and the Elstree Way Corridor Area Action Plan (adopted 2015), which replace parts of the Local Plan 2003 (see the list of Local Plan 2003 policies which no longer have effect).
The emerging Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Plan (SADM) (published 2015) is currently being used in the determination of planning applications determined on or after 31 July 2015. The weight given to individual policies varies according to whether there are any unresolved objections to that policy and its level of compliance with the NPPF. Where such objections exist, the equivalent Local Plan 2003 policies will be given greater weight.
See the New Local Plan page for more information.
Planning policies - environmental issues
We are committed to sustainable development through the Local Agenda 21 process in which we continuously improve our services, policies and practices to contribute to a better quality of life for everyone now, and for future generations.
Outside of the main towns, the whole of Hertsmere is in the Green Belt. Although there is a need to support the diversification of the rural economy, it is essential to ensure that the open nature, visual qualities and other important attributes of the Green Belt are maintained.
Government policy on rural development is outlined in the National Planning Policy Framework and the Planning Practice Guidance. The Core Strategy, Local Plan 2003 and SADM contain policies guiding development in the countryside.
Supplementary Planning Documents and Supplementary Planning Guidance
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) support specific policies in the Core Strategy. The Secretary of State will give substantial weight to SPDs in making decisions that come before him where that SPD derives out of, and is consistent with, the development plan and has been prepared in a proper manner. Our SPDs are prepared in consultation with the general public and other interested parties and their views are taken into account before a final version is adopted. Any SPDs which are at the consultation stage are published on our Planning Consultations page.
Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) supplements specific policies in the Local Plan 2003 and may be taken into account as a material consideration when planning applications are determined. Where relevant, these will continue to be a material consideration in the assessment of planning applications until they are replaced by SPDs or the policies in the Local Plan 2003 are superseded.
Minerals are an essential part of our day-to-day to lives. The bricks in our homes, the pavements in our towns and the shops we visit all rely on minerals in their construction. Demand for minerals places extra pressure on our local environment.
Hertfordshire County Council is the Minerals Planning Authority. The Minerals Local Planning aims to strike a balance between society's needs for minerals and the need to protect our local environment.
Further information on minerals can be found within the National Planning Policy Framework
(NPPF 2012) and the online National Planning Practice Guidance
(introduced 2014) from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Hertfordshire County Council is the Waste Planning Authority and is required under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to prepare a Waste Local Plan.
This is a statutory plan that addresses the land-use aspects of waste management. It deals with all waste managed in its area, including that generated by businesses and the construction industry in addition to what is produced by households.
The plan will seek to balance the need to establish waste management facilities with the need to protect the environment.
Further information on planning and waste management can be found in Planning Policy Statement 10: Planning for Waste Management (from the Department for Communities and Local Government).