Radlett and Shenley residents will be given a chance to say next month whether plans, which could help shape the future of their villages, should be formally adopted.
Aldenham Parish Council’s (APC) Radlett Neighbourhood Plan and Shenley Parish Council’s (SPC) Shenley Neighbourhood Plan are just one step away from being the first documents of their kind to be adopted in the borough.
Both plans will proceed to referenda on Thursday, May 6, the same day as the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Hertfordshire County Council elections, and by-elections for one APC and two SPC seats are held.
If more than half of votes cast during the referenda are in favour, then the documents will be used to help make planning decisions for their areas.
If there are more votes against the plans, they will not be adopted.
The Radlett Neighbourhood Plan includes policies on housing choices; respecting and enhancing the townscape and landscape of the area; maintaining the vibrancy of the village centre and explores how developments in general can contribute to the vision for the area.
The Shenley Neighbourhood Plan includes policies on maintaining and enhancing Shenley’s rural character; protecting its local green space; and supporting housing mix and choice.
Hertsmere Borough Council’s (HBC) head of planning and economic development, Ross Whear, said: “Whatever the outcome of May’s referendum, I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication shown by our council officers, Neighbourhood Plan steering groups in Radlett and Shenley and the dozens of volunteers from the local community who contributed to the preparation of these plans.”
Voting for the referenda will be open from 7am until 10pm on May 6 at all polling stations in the Radlett and Shenley Neighbourhood Areas.