Shenley Parish

New Local Plan Meeting

The meeting we held at the Village Hall on Tuesday 10th October was very well attended.  The purpose of the meeting was to give Residents the opportunity to find out more about Hertsmere Borough Council’s (HBC) new Local Plan’s ‘Planning for Growth Issues & Options’ Consultation.  HBC has delivered leaflets to Shenley households.  Indeed all households in Hertsmere should have received them.   In our view these leaflets do not give adequate information.   As we hope you now know, HBC are consulting on whether to build 1,000 new homes across Shenley & Elstree and they are consulting on the area of search for a new Garden Village for 4,000 and ultimately 6,000 homes.   We recommend that you read the full consultation document on Hertsmere’s website:   At the meeting we handed out Meeting Notes containing some extracts from the consultation document – the ones relating to the areas of search in Shenley.   Click here to read the meeting notes.  The areas of search we are concerned about are:

  1. Pursley Farm fields
  2. The area behind London Road and the Spinney and Spinney Path leading down to Radlett Lane and also the fields to the left of Radlett Lane opposite the Park running down to Radlett. Villagers might consider limited development on the land behind London Road between the Spinney/Spinney Path but development in the fields running down Radlett Lane would be as bad as having development on Pursley Farm fields.
  3. The new ‘Garden Village’ which is shown as being in the Willows Farm/Salisbury Hall/Mosquito Museum area. 1,000 or more homes are likely to be in Shenley Parish!

Potentially we could have an extra 1,500 homes in Shenley Parish plus 3,000 homes close by on the other side of the M25.   1500 extra homes in Shenley Parish – that is more homes than there are in Porters Park which has 1100 homes!   The Meeting Notes contain a combined map showing where these areas of search are….having both on one map shows the full effect of what Hertsmere are proposing.


Residents at the meeting were clearly very unhappy by what is being suggested as are we.   We are increasingly fearful of Hertsmere Planning’s intentions.   They seem to have their eyes on our Green Belt.    It looks like we have a big battle on our hands and we are going to need your support as never before to make them listen to what WE want in OUR Parish.

It is vital that as many residents as possible make their feelings known.    We urge you to either write to Hertsmere:   Policy and Transport Team, Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 1WA

Or respond on line:    We have been told that the portal is not user friendly but it is important to persevere.  If not please write a letter.

AND do come to the Hertsmere Planning Drop-in session at Shenley Primary School between 6.30 and 9pm on Monday 13th November to tell them in person.

You can find some information on the village website to help you with your responses (follow the links) or contact: to request a copy.

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Cllrs Nicky Beaton and Rosemary Gilligan

Posted in Shenley Parish Council.

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