Residents across Hertsmere, including Bushey, attended exhibitions to discuss the latest phase of the Local Plan.
Bushey saw one of the highest turn outs of residents as they expressed their concerns to staff and local councillors who were delighted with the level of public interest in the exhibition, which showed potential housing and employment sites that have been put forward by landowners and developers for inclusion in the Plan.
Around 250 visitors attended the exhibition held at St Margaret’s Sports Centre on November 7. Other exhibitions included Potters Bar, Radlett, Borehamwood and Shenley.
These comments will now be used for the publication of the draft Local Plan in the new year. The Plan will then be submitted to a planning inspector for approval.
Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, portfolio holder for planning and localism, said: “We are really pleased with the level of engagement from the public during these exhibitions and the comments provided at these events and via the online consultation portal will enable us to plan for development on the most appropriate sites in the borough.
“If you have not been able to attend any of the exhibitions, then you still have the chance to comment through the portal, which will remain open until 20 December, or by writing to the planning strategy team at the civic offices.
“Remember that not all sites will need to be allocated and residents’ views will help us to decide which locations are the most appropriate.”
Once finalised and adopted in 2021, the plan will outline where development should take place in the borough over the next 15 years.