One of the developments proposed in Hertsmere's new Local Plan is for the fields north of Farm Way and Bournhall Avenue where 750 homes, a shopping precinct, and a primary school are planned. It is also a potential new secondary school site.
This is a guide to help you make your comments. The most powerful comments will be those expressed in your own words.
Here is the link to comment directly on this proposal: https://hertsmere-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/pp/lp_reg18/draft_lp_reg_18?pointId=s16330889099228#section-s16330889099228
To make your comments select the "Add Comment" tab at the top of that section:
Alternatively you can email your comments to email@example.com or, if you prefer, write a letter addressed to
Local Plan Consultation
Hertsmere Borough Council
3 Elstree Way
Borehamwood WD6 9SR
It is not NIMBY to care about your local areas. Here some valid reasons you could object to this proposal:
Loss of GreenbeltThis proposal would remove 120 acres from the greenbelt. Greenbelt was created to provide a permanent barrier to urban sprawl and to allow different settlements to keep their individual identities. You could explain why this piece of greenbelt is important to you, and to keeping Bushey separate from other towns.
InfrastructureYou could share any concerns you have about whether the roads in the area could cope with the addition of 750 more houses, spelling out any potential road problems as you see them.
Climate changeWe are in a climate emergency and the concreting over of green fields makes it harder for our country and our local area to meet their carbon reduction commitments. You could explain how you think building on these fields will affect our climate response.
WildlifeOur country is also suffering from a nature emergency and this year the UK govenrment made a committment to a "nature positive future". Development of this site will affect the wildlife who currently use it such as woodpeckers, redkites, goldfinches, blue tits, coal tits, great tits, sparrows, wrens, thrush wood pigeons, magpies, crows, barn owls, tawny owls, buzzards, kestrels, sparrow hawks, red kites, spotted woodpeckers, green necked woodpeckers, plus foxes, mice and lots of bats. You could let the planners know about the wildlife you have seen and the concerns you have for its habitat.
No public transportThe site is not near to a train station and while the plan promises improved bus services, bus companies are privately owned and not under the control of Hertsmere Borough Council.
When you've finished commenting on the proposal for this site, you could consider commenting elsewhere on the plan. Here are some more general policies you can comment on:
- The strategy for Bushey as a whole
- The plan's "Town centre first" objective and whether the proposed housing developments breach this
- Does the plan meet its goal of sustainable growth and regeneration?
- Whether the plan protects Hertsmere's greenbelt?
- Will this plan help the residents of Hertsmere achieve carbon net zero by 2050?
- Does this plan protect and enhance the environment?
- The plan calls for a secondary school somewhere in Bushey. Does Bushey need another secondary school?
- Is the transport part of the plan actually sustainable?
- Have highways and parking been properly considered?