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Major Planning Application Alert

Members of the public have a month to comment on plans to create a 130-hectare solar farm near Aldenham.

A planning application has been submitted by Elstree Green Limited seeking permission for the construction and operation for 35 years for a grid-connected solar photovoltaic farm with battery storage and other ancillary infrastructure on land north of Butterfly Lane and surrounding Hilfield Farm, and west of Hilfield Lane (map of the location is pictured above left and available on our website).

The application can be viewed by going to our website www.hertsmere.gov.uk/planningsearch and searching for either Butterfly Lane or reference number 21/0050/FULEI.

Further details and the RSGBA’s response to the application can be seen on our ‘Climate Matters’ page.

Councillor Linda Silver, Chairman of our Planning Committee, said: “I would urge anyone who lives, works or uses the area, particularly those who think they might be directly affected, to take the time to view the proposal and give us your thoughts.

“You can view and submit your comments on the plans, without leaving your home, if you have a computer or a smartphone.

“Our Civic Offices remain closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, so we would urge everyone to use our online services.”

Comments should be submitted before 24 February via our website or by e-mailing [email protected] and quoting the case reference number.

RSGBA 2020 newsletter

The 2020 RSGBA Newsletter has been circulated to Radlett residents and is also available here – RSGBA Newsletter 2020

Radlett and District Museum

You may like to read the following article, Radlett and District Museum – where we have come from, where we are and our future plans.

We would like to thank Chris Wilkins, a Trustee of the Radlett & District Museum, for writing this article for us.

RSGBA

The aims and objects of the Radlett Society and Green Belt Association are:

(a)     to improve, protect and preserve for the benefit of the public the countryside and the country around the village of Radlett, the village of Radlett and the green belt around Radlett

(b)    to stimulate public interest in the area of benefit

(c)     to promote high standards of planning and architecture in the area of benefit

(d)     to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public Interest in the area of benefit.

Radlett Neighbourhood Plan

Since 2015, the Society has been assisting the Parish Council with researching and drafting what is hoped will become its first Neighbourhood Plan. This Plan will shape the future of Radlett by taking more control of day -to-day planning and giving guidance of what is appropriate development through the use of ‘planning briefs’.

The details of the proposed plan can be found here – https://www.hertsmere.gov.uk/Planning–Building-Control/Planning-Policy/Radlett-Neighbourhood-Plan.aspx and on the plans dedicated website here https://www.radlettplan.org/

The referendum on the plan was due to take place on the 7th May 2020 at the same time as the local elections.  As due to Covid-19 the local elections have now been delayed to 6th May 2021 (subject to legislative approval) the referendum has also been delayed.  It is not clear yet if there will be a vote on this before the next local elections or if it will need to wait to then.  If we get any updates we will inform you here.

There was a public Hearing to discuss the the plan on Wednesday 16th October – further details can be seen here – and the meeting notice can be seen here – Radlett NP Public Notice 2

Three of members of the RSGBA committee joined this meeting. Rosamund Gray, Mike Stearns and Douglas Pollock.

The speakers allowed were, Viv Charrett, former Chairman APC, Cllr Estelle Samuelson, Alan Cole, Stuart Pole, and Graham Taylor, all three on “Steering Cttee”.

Then, there was Mark Silverman and two others from HBC. The Independent Examiner Nigel McGurk, who was appointed July ‘19 spent three hours checking each Policy against Legal National Policies.
They needed to be deliverable in Intent and Aims.

A small audience drifted in and out but were not allowed to speak.

The Inspectors response and recommendations would be made early this November.

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