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How to comment on site HEL521, Bushey Mill Lane Fields graphic (Map data ©2021 Google)One of the developments proposed in Hertsmere's new Local Plan is for the fields at the northern end of Bushey Mill Lane, opposite Bushey Hall Farm, and just past Highwood Avenue.

The fields are owned by Affinity Water, and developers propose to build over them to construct eighty new homes and extensive business premises. These include an Affinity Water compound, a row of commercial/industrial units, and a further row of office units.

Some greenspace, and the public footpath, will be preserved, but we estimate that around 70% of the fields would be lost.

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 the right place to comment: https://hertsmere-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/pp/lp_reg18/draft_lp_reg_18?pointId=s16330890063316#section-s16330890063316

The Bushey Mill Lane Field site is at the bottom of this list of "Other Housing sites: Bushey" but the tab to add comments is at the top of the section.

Add comment tab on other sites in Bushey (Hertsmere Borough Council)

The site is described as HEL521 / Bushey Hall Farm Site, Bushey Mill Lane, Bushey. You will need to use the site reference HEL521 or at least make clear that you are referring to the site on Bushey Mill Lane.

Alternatively you can email your comments to local.plan@hertsmere.gov.uk 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:

  1. Loss of Greenbelt

    This proposal would remove 22 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 Watford.
  2. Infrastructure

    You could share any concerns you have about whether the roads in the area could cope with the addition of 80 more houses plus the Affinity Water compound and the other commercial and office units planned. You could spell out any potential road problems as you see them.
  3. Climate change

    We 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.
  4. Wildlife

    Our 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. You could let the planners know about the wildlife you have seen and the concerns you have for its habitat.
  5. No public transport

    The 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.
  6. Flooding

    Environment Agency Flooding Maps predict that the western most area of the site could be prone to flooding due to the close proximity of the site to the River Colne. You could comment on whether it is wise to be building in a flood prone area, particularly in the light of prediected climate change.

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: