Shenley Neighbourhood Plan – Site Assessment Report

Click to download: Shenley NP Site Assessment Final Report (17-01-18) (PDF / 6MB)

The Executive Summary section of the report is copied below for quick reference.

Background

Site selection and allocations is one of the most contentious aspects of planning, raising strong feelings amongst
local people, landowners, developers and businesses. It is important that any selection process carried out is
transparent, fair, robust and defensible and that the same criteria and process is applied to each potential site.
Equally important is the way in which the work is recorded and communicated to interested parties so the
approach is transparent and defensible.

The Shenley Neighbourhood Plan (NP), which will cover the whole of Shenley Parish, is being prepared in the
context of the adopted and emerging Local Development Plan (Hertsmere Core Strategy1 and Hertsmere Local
Plan 2012-2027: Site Allocations and Development Management (SADM) Policies Plan2). Hertsmere Borough
Council (HBC) is in the early stages of preparing a new Local Plan, which will play an important role in shaping
the future development of the borough. While there is currently no policy that requires Shenley to deliver new
housing, the NP group have been informed through an Issues and Options Local Plan3 document (published on
the 22nd September) that the Shenley area will potentially have to deliver an increase in housing over the plan
period (up to 1,000 new homes to be shared between Elstree and Shenley).

The Neighbourhood Plan area is entirely within the green belt. HBC are expected to undertake a full green belt
review and allocate sites as part of the emerging Local Plan. Preferred sites are approximately mapped with the
Issues and Options Consultation Plan, some of which fall within the Shenley NP area. Shenley NP Steering
Group considers that the Shenley NP is best placed to allocate sites to meet a large proportion of the suggested
potential increase in housing within the NP area.

As part of the technical support to the Shenley NP Steering Group, AECOM has carried out a site visit and an
independent assessment of seven sites identified as potential candidates for allocation in the Neighbourhood
Plan to establish which of the sites are most suitable to meet the Neighbourhood Plan requirements and
objectives.

Site Appraisal Summary

This site assessment has found that there is one site that is appropriate for allocation for housing in the
Neighbourhood Plan and there are a further two sites that could be suitable if the identified constraints could be
resolved. Four of the sites are not considered suitable for allocation in the Neighbourhood Plan.

This site assessment identifies Site 4, Land adjoining Wilton End Cottage and land south of Radlett Lane, as
being the most suitable to meet identified housing need.