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Planning Policy

Last Modified February 02, 2017

Our Planning Policy Team puts together the policies that guide development in Hertsmere

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This includes:

  • Local Development Plan (LDP) - we are currently in the process of producing a new set of policy documents that will form the LDF which will replace our Local Plan. In the meantime we use the Hertsmere Local Plan 2003 to assess planning applications.
  • Our Planning and Design Guide aims to promote higher standards of design and layout in Hertsmere by setting out the key principles that we expect to be applied to new development in our borough. It has been adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), which means that the standards and policies within it will be used when we assess planning applications.
  • Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) documents provide detailed guidance on how our policies will be implemented. These documents have been produced to help in designing developments that are well-planned and make a positive contribution to the built environment.


National policy


Downloadable documents


This guide to the planning system in England has been produced by Urban Forum and the Planning Aid Service, This is a non-technical guide that explains the different types of planning policy documents, the process for producing these documents and their role within the planning process. 


You can contact our Planning Policy Team at the address below or email core.strategy@hertsmere.gov.uk 


CIL submission documents

Community Infrastructure Levy Submission Documents

Community Infrastructure Levy - Submission and Examination

Community Infrastructure Levy, CIL, Submission, Examination

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

All planning applications in Hertsmere determined on or after 1 December 2014 may be liable to pay CIL. This page provides information about the CIL process, the charges in Hertsmere, and links to the necessary forms.

Community Right To Bid

Information on Community Right to Bid, which aims to devolve power to local communities.

Consultation on planning policy documents

Read about and comment on new planning policy and planning policy guidance.

Developer Contributions Framework

The purpose of the Developer Contributions Framework is to provide guidance on Hertsmere Borough Council's requirements and approach to the use of both the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Section 106 (s106) agreements (including the provision of Affordable Housing), known as Planning Obligations.The Framework comprises a suite of documents and other guidance including the Council's charging schedule for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The Framework is intended to primarily be an online resource, with relevant sections updated as and when required, rather than being a single, static 'document'. From 1st December 2014, it will also replace the Council's Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document.

Elstree Aerodrome Safeguarding Zone

Elstree Aerodrome Safeguarding Chart prepared by SLC Associates for the operators of Elstree Aerodrome.


Information about the borough's greenways

Gypsy & Traveller information

We have a responsibility to provide adequate sites for use by Gypsies and Travellers.

Neighbourhood Planning

Information and links about neighbourhood planning in Hertsmere

Planning News

The latest news from the Planning Policy Team

Radlett Neighbourhood Plan

Details on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan being prepared by Aldenham Parish Council to cover the urban area of Radlett.

Rights of Way

Information about Rights of Way in Hertsmere

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding

The terms 'self-build' and 'custom-build' are used to describe situations where housing is commissioned and/or built by individuals or groups of individuals for their own use either by building the home on their own or working with builders and contractors. As of 1st April 2016 local authorities in England and Wales are required to keep a register and to have regards to when preparing local planning policy and determining planning applications.

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