Fighting the development plans for land near Harts Farm, Little Bushey Lane
Register your objections:
● Through the planning section of the hertsmere.gov.uk website - where the full details of the proposal 22/1071/OUT can be read. You will have to register and login to make your comments.
● By emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
● In writing to Hertsmere BC, Elstree Way, WD6 1WA.
● Via the website save-hertsmere.com/little-bushey-lane/
The deadline for objections is 25th July
As we feared was likely, the developers Redrow have now submitted an outline planning application to build 310 houses on the greenbelt site next to Harts Farm, off Little Bushey Lane. The plan also reserves land for a car park, primary school, and community facilities.
This is the same proposal put forward in the draft Local Plan - and vehemently opposed by Little Bushey residents. The backlash was an important factor in the pausing of the Local Plan process.
But since then, Hertsmere council leaders have made no commitment to greenbelt protection, and have even approved two other greenbelt developments. Also, the council recently waived the environmental pre-assessment for the Little Bushey site.
All of this has likely encouraged Redrow to force the issue and try to win approval through the standard planning system.
To clarify, as this is an outline application, approval would not in itself give consent for construction to begin. Rather, it tests whether the overall nature of the development is acceptable. Redrow would still have to submit a full application within the next three years.
However, approval would be a major step towards development. So as your local Lib Dem campaigners, we believe this application should be refused and must be opposed.
The site is of high environmental value and rich in wildlife and a flood plain. Greenbelt must not be built on except in exceptional circumstances - and none apply here. Also, access to the new estate would be via Little Bushey Lane, generating an estimated extra 1200 cars daily.