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Hertsmere Borough Council to consult residents on development
The council has agreed to consult residents on plans that could shape the face of Hertsmere in years to come.
The document, which sets out parts of the borough that could be developed from now until 2027, was approved at a meeting of its executive committee on Wednesday.
The Thrift Farm Lane site of Hertswood Academy is mentioned in the document, which could make way for 276 flats and houses.
Other sites include The Directors Arms in Ripon Way, which could be demolished to accommodate 26 flats, the Gas Holders site in Station Road and land near Elstree and Borehamwood station.
The plan will now go out for public consultation, which will start at the beginning of February.
Letters will be sent to residents who will be directly affected, as well as all key agencies and service providers such as Hertfordshire County Council, town and parish councils and community organisations.
There will also be public drop-in sessions across the borough which will be advertised nearer the time.
Councillor Harvey Cohen, who has responsibility for planning and localism, said: “These are critical plans which we want people to give us their views on as they will have an impact on people and the communities they live in.”
He said the council needed to provide enough land for development, as well as ensuring high streets are supported, communities are safe and pleasant places and areas are protected.
Cllr Cohen added: “Sometimes that does mean that we have to make difficult local decisions and so we are inviting residents to get involved in the consultation so we can continue to make well-informed judgements about the area and its future.”
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