Hertsmere Local Plan 2017 - Growth of Key Villages

Objective: Delivering growth in Elstree Village and Shenley to create larger, more sustainable villages

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.

This approach would involve extending Elstree Village and Shenley and would require the development of land currently designated as green belt. Shenley and Elstree are identified in the existing Local Plan as key service villages. Although the villages have a limited range of shops and services, these facilities make a vital contribution to the sustainability of the local community. An extension of either village could incorporate additional local employment opportunities, for example in Elstree’s case an expansion of the nearby business park at Centennial Park and/or the adjacent business estates on Watford Road.

Area of Search:

  • Elstree and Shenley

Amount of development:

  • Up to 1,000 new homes across Elstree and Shenley with additional local shops and services and potential expansion of local business parks

Map

Map showing potential areas of development in Shenley, with the central Shenley areas highlighted

Required Infrastructure

Any development with up to 300 to 500 new homes requires:-

  • New primary school(s)
  • Additional secondary school provision in nearby town(s)
  • Additional healthcare provision
  • Policy compliant number of affordable homes
  • Strategic pedestrian/cycle connectivity
  • Improvements to inter-urban bus services
  • Local highway network improvements
  • Potential improvements to the wider strategic highway network
  • New neighbourhood centre/village focus
  • Open space, leisure, recreation and community facilities
  • Enhanced green infrastructure network (including parks, green spaces and other natural features)
  • High speed broadband network improvements

Any development with up to 100 new homes requires:-

  • Additional primary school places
  • Additional secondary school provision in nearby town(s)
  • Additional healthcare provision
  • Improvements to inter-urban bus services
  • Local highway network improvements
  • Open space, leisure, recreation and community facilities
  • Enhanced green infrastructure network
  • High speed broadband network improvements

Main considerations

Benefits

  • Provides an opportunity to plan comprehensively for the future of the village, including a new or expanded school, community facilities and other local services
  • Enables the delivery of a sufficient number of affordable homes to meet local need
  • Recognises that Shenley and Elstree are more sustainable places for growth than the smaller villages and hamlets, given that they already contain a number of local services

Challenges

  • Would require development of green belt land
  • A major village expansion would impact on the character and function of the village(s)

Question 14

Supporting larger rural communities - growth of key villages

We have an opportunity to plan for the sustainable expansion of our larger villages, Elstree and Shenley, to incorporate employment space and additional local facilities to benefit both existing and future residents.

Do you agree with this approach? Where do you think this development should take place?

Where possible, please explain your answer and include supporting information.

To answer this question, please respond to Hertsmere's consultation online.