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Elstree Way Corridor meeting to be held next week at Hertsmere Civic Offices in Borehamwood
The future face of Borehamwood will be discussed in a meeting next week.
The Civic Offices in Elstree Way will host two public meetings on Wednesday to explain the master plan for redeveloping the Elstree Way Corridor.
The council's action plan includes creating more than 800 homes, providing an economic boost to the region.
During the meeting, members of the public will also be able to voice their concerns about development in Borehamwood and the way they are consulted during the planning process.
Hertsmere Borough Councillor Harvey Cohen, who has responsibility for planning, said: “The public meeting will be an opportunity to discuss our consultation process and the planning process in general.
"It is important we are more open with the people of Borehamwood, and keep residents better informed about the issues affecting them.
“However, the main remit of the meeting will be to raise awareness of the wider plans and infrastructure requirements for Borehamwood, namely the Elstree Way Corridor Area Action Plan, which will regenerate the gateway into Borehamwood for the benefit of the town and local residents."
The meeting was triggered after a petition launched by resident Andrew Lewis opposing the construction of the 12-storey tower block Isopad House on Shenley Road gained more than 750 signatures.
He said: “Isopad House is now a done deal and there is nothing we can do to change it.
"If there’s anyone to blame it’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles who has made it very hard for councils to oppose a planning application without very good reason.
“The council has lost a lot of money by rejecting planning applications only to have the developers appeal, and it couldn’t afford to do so in this case.”
He added he was proud the petition had not been in vain since it had triggered the public meeting.
Mr Lewis said: “It’s made the council open its eyes to the wishes of the people in Borehamwood.
“The petition shows the people of Borehamwood will sit up and take notice of the way their town is changing.
“I want as many people as possible to come to the meeting and I want them to be reasonable, not become angry and listen to the points raised.”
The first meeting will take place from 5.30pm to 7pm and the second from 8pm to 9.30pm.
The meetings will also be webcast live. Those wishing to attend should register by emailing email@example.com or calling 020 8207 7527.
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