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Hertsmere Local Plan 2017 – New Garden Village
Objective: Creation of a sustainable stand-alone garden village
Note: This page is taken from Hertsmere’s Local Plan Issues and Options 2017 consultation document. Click Here to view it in Hertsmere’s consultation portal.
A new garden village could accommodate a significant proportion of long-term growth and address many of our future needs. Such an approach would reduce the impact on existing communities. It could not be done in isolation from nearby towns and villages and would require improved transport connections to those areas. The village would be planned for 4,000 new homes with the scope to increase by at least 50 per cent in the future.
Area of Search:
- Due to our proximity to London and the pattern of development which has evolved over time, the countryside is relatively crowded and there are limited areas of undeveloped land within the green belt. The M25 effectively operates as a defensible barrier to prevent further outward growth of London into the green belt; consequently land to the north of Junctions 22 and 23 of the M25 would be the most likely locality for a new garden village.
Extent of initial development:
- 4,000 new homes across an area of up to 200 hectares (500 acres), equivalent to 0.75sq miles
- Village centre with local shops, services and leisure facilities
- New office/high tech business park
- Up to four new primary schools
- New secondary school
- New healthcare provision
- Policy compliant number of affordable homes
- New pedestrian and cycle routes
- Bus routes with possible guided busways to connect with other town centres
- Local highway network improvements
- Detailed investigations, including the modelling of the motorway junction capacity and the surrounding strategic road network
- Village centre with retail and community facilities
- Open space, leisure and sports facilities
- Enhanced green infrastructure network (including parks, green spaces and other natural features)
- High speed broadband network improvements