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Have your say on the future of SW Herts

Have your say on the future of SW Herts ​
05 September 2022 Views on the future of South West Hertfordshire are being invited, as a draft vision for the area which aspires to accelerate ‘positive change’ is now open for public consultation.

The South West Hertfordshire 2050 – Realising Our Potential document, includes a draft vision and objectives for the area until 2050 and marks the first formal plan-making stage for the South West Herts Joint Strategic Plan (JSP), which is being drawn up by Hertsmere Borough Council, St Albans City and District Council, Dacorum Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council and Watford Borough Council, supported by Hertfordshire County Council.

The document covers all aspects of life in South West Hertfordshire and considers how to tackle the big issues and opportunities that lie ahead for the area, including the challenges of climate change. Responses to this consultation will help shape the more detailed content of the plan as it progresses. 

Hertsmere Borough Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning said: “Our borough is changing, as is the rest of South West Hertfordshire, and we’ve been working with the other local authorities in the area, supported by Hertfordshire County Council, to consider how we can meet the challenges and make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead. “The South West Hertfordshire JSP will set out a blueprint for the whole of South West Hertfordshire, including Hertsmere, to 2050. The vision and objectives in this document will inform that plan and provide a bedrock from which all future decisions about the JSP will be made. “It’s vital as many people as possible comment on this document, so we can be sure the final plan reflects the needs and aspirations of our residents and businesses.” Chair of the SW Herts Member Group and Leader of St Albans City and District Council, Cllr Chris White said: “South West Hertfordshire is a wonderful place to live, work and visit – but we need to think about the future.

“The five local authorities which make up the area, supported by Hertfordshire County Council, have been working on a plan which will address key issues and opportunities for our area until 2050, such as climate change and the transition to zero carbon.

“This document marks the first step towards delivering that plan, and we want to hear from you on the particular issues that matter to you. Every comment matters to us.

“At this stage, we don’t know yet where growth should go, but we know we want it to happen sustainably, and we want the key pieces of infrastructure in place to support that growth.

“Tell us how you think our area can realise its full potential – your views will help shape the future of South West Hertfordshire.”

The South West Hertfordshire 2050 – Realising our Potential has been developed following a poll in early 2020, which generated more than 14,500 comments, a series of workshops, and an online engagement exercise, in which participants were asked what type of future they would like to see. 

In addition, residents and businesses are being asked to give their views on a Sustainability Appraisal Scoping report, which will help us consider the environmental, social and economic effects of the joint strategic plan.

SW Herts is one of only a small number of councils in the UK working together in this way. By considering the longer-term future of a bigger area as whole, the opportunities for the future such as more Government funding for infrastructure improvements are greater.

The SW Herts JSP will not replace Local Plans. Dacorum, Hertsmere, St Albans City & District, Three Rivers and Watford are still required to have in place their own up-to-date plans.

The full document is available to view at www.swhertsplan.com/consultation. Responses can be submitted until 5pm on Friday 4 November.

ENDS Notes to editor: The logo for the South West Hertfordshire JSP is below and available to download here. SWHerts-Joint Strategic Plan-Realising our potential-square-logo
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