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Public could again be consulted on Elstree Way Corridor Area Action Plan
Members of the public could again be asked for their views on council plans to build 800 new homes in Borehamwood.
Hetsmere Council’s Executive Committee will meet next week to decide whether to recommend a further period of consultation on updates to the Elstree Way Corridor Area Action Plan.
The changes were suggested following public meetings held in October at the Civic Offices, during which residents raised objections to the current action plan.
The main concerns included worries about overcrowding in Borehamwood, the lack of infrastructure and the fate of Maxwell Park Community Centre and the Win Everett Guide Hut, which had been identified as a site for a new primary school.
According to the new draft, Hertfordshire County Council has still earmarked Maxwell Park Community Centre and the Winn Everett Guide headquarters as a possible site for a new primary school.
However, Hertsmere Council would prefer to find a new site for the school, and has begun discussions with the county council and Hertswood Academy about building a school as part of work on the new secondary school building in Cowley Hill.
Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group has met with council officers to identify three new locations for a new health centre, either at the front of the former Oaklands college, on the site of the old library or, if those are unsuitable, on land near the Civic Offices.
The Area Action Plan could also be extended to include Manor Way, after developers Taylor Wimpy said they planned to develop a number of sites along the road. Any new houses would be no more than two and a half storeys high and would be much less densely built than those on Elstree Way.
The council is also proposing to change plans for the road layout after surveys suggested removing the Tesco and Shenley Road roundabouts could slow down journey times. Instead the council will concentrate on improving pedestrian crossings and cycle paths in the area.
If the Executive committee decides to recommend the updated area action plan and a further consultation in Wednesday’s meeting, it will be brought before a full council meeting on January 22.
There would then be a six week period of public consultation on the new draft in March, in which all those previously consulted would have the chance to make their views on the altered draft known.
The plan would be put forward to the Secretary of State and the area action plan could then be adopted by the end of this year.
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