How to use Hertsmere's Consultation Portal
We are deeply concerned with how difficult it is to use Hertsmere's local plan consultation site so we have prepared this guide to help you navigate your way through it.
We spoke to Hertsmere about these difficulties, and they've now made some of the improvements we suggested. We've updated this guide to reflect these changes. This guide is correct as of 15/10/2021
Here's the link you need:
First you will need to register as a consultee (or log in if you have already registered, possibly for previous consultations). The button to do this is in the menu across the top of the page.
Next scroll down two thirds of the page and click on:
Now you will be able to read and comment on the full draft local plan.
Navigate through the plan by using the menu on the right of the screen.
We strongly encourage people to comment on as many aspects of the plan as possible, because each separate comment counts as engagement. So please comment both on the Local Plan in general, and also on the plans for specific towns and sites that you are concerned with.
How to make general comments on the plan
For example, if you want to comment about the loss of 9% of Hertsmere's green belt, select "9 Protecting the green belt" from the menu on the left and then click on the "Add comments" tab
Or if you want to comment generally on the lack of roads and other transport infrastructure to support the massive increase in Hertsmere's population, select "15 Sustainable Travel", and then below that "The highway network and vehicular parking."
You may want to explore the menu and comment on which ever parts of the plan you like or don't like.
How to Comment on the plans for Specifc Town or Village
From the menu on the left, click the "+" beside "5 Individual place strategies" and this will reveal a list of the different settlements in Hertsmere.
Then the list of settlements will appear and you will be able to comment on the overal plans for any of the towns or villages.
This time the "Add Comments" tab is at the top of the page:
To view the "Strategic" housing sites
In the left hand menu, click on "7 Meeting local housing needs", then "Housing land and site allocations" and you will be able to see what are called the "Strategic housing sites". In general this means the biggest sites.
Then you will see for instance:
The "add comments" tab is at the top of each section.
To view all the other housing sites
To see the descriptions of the other smaller sites (sadly without any maps), after selecting "7 Meeting local housing needs" and then "Housing land and site allocations" , click on "Policy H10 Schedule of Housing Sites: Other sites"
Each settlement has a table of its 'smaller' sites:
And the "Add Comments" tab is at the top.
Sadly these smaller sites are not well described here, nor are there maps availble within the portal showing exactly where these sites are. To see a map of the sites, you will need to use their interactive map. We will be producing a guide to how to use this map soon.