We’re planning for the future by producing a new Local Plan which is a blueprint for development in Hertsmere.

Hertsmere is a great place to live and work and we’re trying to make sure it stays that way, both for existing communities and for future generations. We know the borough will have to grow and develop. Your views will help us to make decisions on the best way to achieve this growth. 

To help us choose where new development for homes and jobs could take place, we asked for your views on sites that had been put forward for development by land owners and site promoters. The engagement has now closed (on 20 December) but the final version of our sites document is still available. Within the document you can see what sites have been put forward by landowners and developers for consideration. We won’t need to allocate all of them for development and that’s why we need your help in deciding which are the most appropriate locations that could be developed. Over the next few months we will be looking at all the comments that have been submitted and assessing which sites we think will best meet the borough's future development needs. You can find out about the current stage of Local Plan preparation within the third issue (585kb) of our newsletter.

If you would like to be added to our consultation database you can set up an account on our consultation system by clicking on the 'Login/Register' button, or email local.plan@hertsmere.gov.uk.  The current consultation closed at midnight on 20 December but all those on the consultation database will be informed of future consultations as the preparation of the new Local Plan progresses. You can view a summary of all the responses received from the general public within the overview of responses from general public report (6.46MB).  

In our short video clip, Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Localism, explains more about the new Local Plan and the period of public engagement that was held recently. 

More about the new Local Plan

The process of creating a new Local Plan for Hertsmere began in 2016. Central government requires all local councils to prepare a Local Plan, which sets out how the numbers of homes and jobs will be boosted in each local authority area.

The government is currently reviewing its forecast on how many homes will be needed here in Hertsmere, but it is expected that land for at least 500 new homes each year will be needed for the next 15 or more years. Land will also be needed for new jobs, leisure space, community facilities and other infrastructure.

Frequently asked questions

 Frequently asked questions (291kb)

Potential sites for housing and employment

As part of our engagement process, we held a number of exhibitions enabling people to come along, see the potential sites that have been put forward and speak to our staff. They were held at:

If you were unable to attend the exhibitions, you can view the content of our exhibition boards here.

Housing and employment displays_generic (2,135kb)

Housing and employment displays_infrastructure (11,540kb)

Housing and employment displays_maps_Bushey (8,007kb)

Housing and employment displays_maps_Bwood&Elstree (12,237kb)

Housing and employment displays_maps_Elstree (5,597kb)

Housing and employment displays_maps_garden_village (4,784kb)

Housing and employment displays_maps_PottersBar (8,325kb)

Housing and employment displays_maps_Radlett (5,783kb)

Housing and employment dispays_maps_ Shenley (6,336kb)

Housing and employment displays_maps_SouthMimms (2,276kb)


Previous Consultations:

 A consultation had previously been held on an Issues and Options document, which closed on 30 November 2017.

We have listened to what people said in response to the Issues and Options consultation and are committed to continuing to consult throughout the preparation of the new Local Plan. You can view our Report on the Issues and Options consultation.

You can view the Issues and Options document (14mb)  .


Issues and Options consultation (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 last year. These enabled people to come along and find out more about what we are doing and ask questions. There was an opportunity to leave questions with us on the day.  The second issue (4mb)  of our newsletter was also distributed to all households in Hertsmere. 

Local Plan launch (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. The first issue (6mb) of our newsletter was also distributed to all households in Hertsmere. 

We received comments from people around the borough, which you can read about in the Consultation Report (4mb).

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.