Hertsmere’ draft Local Plan for 2022-2038 is currently open for public consultation until 22 November. This Plan is based on their vision for developments in Hertsmere for the next 16 years and beyond. Over this period they aim to build a total of 12,160 new homes – at an average rate of 760 a year – with the majority in Borehamwood and Bushey plus in a new community of Bowmans Cross near London Colney.

Radlett currently has 3,360 homes and the Plan will add a further 940 (so an extra 28%) over the next 16 years. So at an average rate of of 58 new homes each year. A further 130 new homes will be built in the nearby villages of Letchmore Heath, Aldenham (including Wall Hall) and Patchetts Green.

Most of the new homes will be built on six sites including two new “sustainable neighbourhoods” known as R1 “North of Watford Road” (350 homes) and R3 “South of Shenley Road” (195 homes) plus HEL214 “South of Theobald Street” (75 homes), HEL220 “Porters Park Golf Club” (40 homes), HEL 272 “Cobden Hill” (10 homes) and HEL231 “Starveacres” (90 homes).

The Plan identifies a need for new infrastructure including a possible new site for an expanded Red House surgery on site R3 plus a new 2FE primary school on R1 and the ability to expand Newberries School to 2 FE into R3. There is no plan for a secondary school although a new one is planned for Bushey for Radlett students.

In line with Hertsmere’s commitments on meeting the challenges of Climate Change all new developments must be net zero carbon and, for example, be designed to deal with higher winds and heavier storms expected in the next few decades. The design codes detailed in the Radlett Neighbourhood Plan will be applied to all new homes being built here. New roads must be lined with trees and trees planted for every new home or other buildings. All new developments will be required to provide easy walkable access to local amenities.

The draft Local Plan is at https://www.hertsmerelocalplan.com/site/homePage

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You can send your comments to Hertsmere via their website or by email to [email protected] Or you even write a letter!

The Society will be making comments which we will circulate before the closing date