Work is just beginning o
n a new Local Plan for Hertsmere. The Plan is important because it will affect how our towns, villages and countryside will look and feel in the future. It will identify what sorts of development will be allowed where, and what areas need protecting or improving. It will be used in determining planning applications and to guide investment decisions across the borough. So it will have a major influence on how our area will change and develop in the future.
Consultation on our Issues and Options document closed on 30 November 2017. There will be many more chances to get involved as the plan progresses, including consultation on a preferred options document planned for autumn 2018.
If you would like to be added to our consultation database you can set up an account on our consultation system at https://hertsmere-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/ by clicking on the 'Login/Register' button, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consultation on Sustainability Appraisal of the Issues and Options Report
Consultation on a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of the Issues and Options document ran from Wednesday 21 March 2018 for six weeks until Thursday 3 May 2018.
Please visit our Consultation Portal to read the SA.
More about the new Local Plan
There are important decisions to be made about how we live and work in the borough over the next 15 years. The latest projections show a need for approximately 9,000 new homes during that period and a similar number of new jobs. This would mean more than doubling the rate of housebuilding that has been achieved in recent years. New schools, health facilities, local jobs, parks, leisure facilities and improvements to our roads and public transport will also be needed to ensure residents have a good quality of life. We need to make sure that new development is sensibly located and well designed, and that it benefits and meets the needs of our changing community. The new Local Plan will set out what is needed and how these facilities will be provided.
Watch our short film Hertsmere's next 15 years: Your Local Plan to find out more.
Find out more
Read a pdf version of the Issues and Options Document.
Errata: Please note that the chart on p.13 of the Issues and Options report describes population growth between 1981 and 2015 and not between 2001 and 2015 as stated.
Read the Issues and Options document on our consultation portal. You can no longer submit comments but can read what others have said. Please note that we are in the process of adding responses to the portal which came in by other means (email and post), so not all responses received are visible at the moment.
Frequently asked questions
Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). This is one of the technical studies that will feed into the Local Plan. This study will help the council to identify land that may potentially be available for future housing (including for Gypsy and Traveller pitches) and economic development sites during the period up to 2031 – the period that the new Local Plan will cover. You can also view the sites that have been submitted to us on a map through the HELAA page.
Supporting studies including technical studies on housing need, economic growth needs and the Green Belt.
Issues and Options consultation September - November 2017
Our Issues and Options document was available for comment from 27 September 2017 until 30 November 2017.
Drop-in sessions and workshops (October/November 2017)
As part of the Issues and Options consultation, we held a number of drop-in sessions around the borough in October and November. These enabled people to come along and find out more about what we are doing and ask questions. There was an opportunity to leave comments with us on the day
View our drop-in session display panels.
The drop-in sessions were well-attended and were held on the following dates/locations:
|October 2017||November 2017|
Wyllyotts Centre, Potters Bar:
Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 6:30pm - 9pm
Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 6:30pm - 9pm
Allum Hall, Elstree / Borehamwood:
Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 6:30pm - 9pm
Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 6:30pm - 9pm
Shenley Primary School:
Monday, 13 November 2017, 6:30pm - 9pm
We also held three workshop-style events in Potters Bar, Bushey and Borehamwood in November. Each event could accommodate around 60 people so we asked people to sign up in advance. We had a good turnout of around 180 people across all three events.
Initial consultation, Winter 2016 - Spring 2017
Between November 2016 and April 2017 we asked residents and people who work in the borough to tell us what they like about Hertsmere, what they think should change and what they think are the important issues that the plan should address.
We received a reasonable number of comments from people around the borough, which you can read about in the Consultation Report.
These comments will help us put together possible options for:
- how much and what sort of development such as housing, offices, retail we should plan for;
- where it should be located in the borough; and
- what other facilities and infrastructure such as schools, GPs, parks, public transport and roads need to be provided alongside homes and land for employment, and what should be the priorities.