Preparation of a neighbourhood plan for Radlett

Aldenham Parish Council are currently producing a neighbourhood plan for Radlett. The Radlett Neighbourhood Plan, once finalised, will inform landlords, developers, investors and the council’s planning committee about the characteristics, unique challenges and opportunities in Radlett.

Following an independent examination of the Radlett Neighbourhood Plan, the examiner's report (PDF 359kb) was received by Hertsmere Borough Council and Aldenham Parish Council on the 5 January 2020. Subsequently, the Council published the Regulation 18 decision statement (PDF 342kb). This statement sets out the Council’s decision and proposed actions following receipt of the Examiner’s Report.

The Radlett Plan will now proceed to referendum incorporating the modifications recommended by the Examiner.  You can read a draft referendum version of the Radlett Plan (PDF 111Mb) online. A low-resolution version of the Radlett Plan can also be viewed (32.5Mb).  The referendum is scheduled to take place in May 2021.

The Radlett Character Assessment informed the preparation of the Radlett Neighbourhood Plan and is crossed referenced in the Plan.

Please see the Radlett Neighbourhood Plan website for further information.

What happens next?

The Council has considered the Examiner's report and has determined the Radlett Plan can proceed to referendum. For further details, please see the Regulation 18 decision statement (PDF 342kb).

A referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan for Radlett will be held on Thursday 6th May 2021 to decide on the following question:

Do you want Hertsmere Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Radlett to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

Anybody registered to vote in the area covered by the Radlett Neighbourhood Plan will be entitled to vote. A simple majority of votes (over 50% of those voting) in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan is required in order for the local planning authority to 'make' the neighbourhood plan (bring it into force). At this point it becomes part of the development plan for the area and has to be taken into account in decisions on planning applications.

For further information or help relating to the Radlett Plan, please contact the Planning Strategy Team on

Previous Steps


Aldenham Parish Council submitted the Radlett Neighbourhood Plan to undergo examination in early 2019. Hertsmere Borough Council appointed Mr Nigel McGurk (BSc(Hons) MCD MBA MRTPI) as Independent Examiner of the Neighbourhood Plan.

On reviewing the content of the proposed Radlett Neighbourhood Plan and representations received as part of the consultation process, Mr McGurk determined to hold a Public Hearing to inform his examination of the Neighbourhood Plan. The Public Hearing was held on Wednesday 16th October 2019 at the Radlett Centre. For further information regarding the Public Hearing, please see the Examination Public Notice (PDF 90kb) and the Public Hearing Agenda (PDF 76kb). 

Previous Consultation

A previous period of consultation was held by Aldenham Parish Council between 17 July 2017 and 30 September 2017.

Two further consultations were held by Hertsmere Borough Council on behalf of Aldenham Parish Council between 29 November 2018 and 24 December 2018. The second consultation was held between 29 March 2019 and 10 May 2019. 

To view previous Radlett Plan consultations, please visit our online consultation portal.

Neighbourhood area

A neighbourhood area is the geographical area that the policies in the neighbourhood plan will apply to. Designating a neighbourhood area is an early step in producing a neighbourhood plan, and formerly indicates the area that the neighbourhood plan will cover.

In 2013 Aldenham Parish Council applied to us to have a neighbourhood area designated covering the urban area of Radlett and its immediate surroundings, and this was approved by Hertsmere.

After approving the area it was noticed that it overlapped the borough boundary, inadvertently covering a small part of the parish of St Stephen which lies within St Albans City and District. St Stephen parish were also producing a neighbourhood plan, and as two plans cannot cover the same area the Radlett plan boundary has now been amended.

We publicised the Parish Council's revised boundary for a period of six weeks (10 November to 22 December 2016) as required by government regulations [1], during which interested people were able to make representations. Following this a revised boundary was designated.



[1] Town and Country Planning, England. The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012

The Neighbourhood Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015.