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Development Management

Last Modified January 28, 2019
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To many people, planning means the control of development through the planning application system.

However, it is much more than a process of control governed by a set of rules, which is why it is known as development management.

Our development management team is responsible for considering planning applications, taking enforcement action where breaches of control have occurred, administering the appeals process and providing information and advice about the planning system in general.

The system seeks to guide appropriate development to the right place and prevent development that is not acceptable. It is a means for securing sustainable development that provides homes, jobs and services such as roads and schools while protecting and enhancing the best of our urban and rural environment.

We work closely with those proposing developments and other stakeholders.

Planning permission is not always required for every development, it could come under what is known as permitted development.

If you are proposing a new residential development, please see our new guidance document for Waste storage provision for new Residential developments (PDF 475kb).

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new charge that will raise funds to provide improved infrastructure in Hertsmere.  It will be charged on the increase in new build floor space (at a rate per m2), although there are exemptions and relief from paying CIL for developments under 100 square metres, self-build homes, affordable housing and development by charities (where for a charitable purpose).  CIL will replace the general section106 (s106) ‘tariff’ approach currently operated by both the council and Hertfordshire County Council. Parish and town councils will receive a minimum of 15% of CIL receipts raised in their area, which they can spend directly on local improvements. The remainder of the CIL receipts will be allocated by Local Authority.

Your proposal may be liable to pay CIL if any planning application is approved by the council after 1 December 2014. 

NOTE: The Government have, and are, continuing to make a number of changes to permitted development rights since May 2013, including new rules to allow more flexibility for retail units, office and agricultural buildings to be converted to residential use without planning permission and increased limits for householder extensions. There are also new processes for dealing with proposals.

These pages provide information on all aspects of the development management process and our services, including:

Contact us

If you have any questions about planning you can contact our duty planning officer during office hours at our main offices or email  Please note, our planning duty officer service will be changing from 20 July 2017.  You will be able to contact the Duty Planner between 9am and 1pm, Monday and Friday.

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