On 16th November 2021 ALFA committee members Helen Stammers and Jeannie Hinds attended an on-line briefing session organised by Hertsmere Borough Council Planning Department regarding the Draft Local Plan.
Various representatives of local campaign groups were invited to attend. From the Planning Department, the attendees included Ross Whear (Head of Planning), Mark Silverman, Rachel Marber, Oliver Galliford (who gave the presentation), Gail Anderson and Cath Shepherd. Cllr Harvey Cohen (portfolio holder for planning) also attended.
In reply to specific questions ALFA put to the planners, they gave assurances that should Schopwick Surgery be given planning permission to relocate to site BE1, the rest of the land would remain in the Green Belt. Also, that site BE1 is not in the Draft Local Plan for any housing development.
Hertsmere Borough Council published their draft Local Plan on 6th September 2021. The good news is there is currently no housing development planned for site BE1 (Allum Lane fields). Click here to read the press release. Our members received a newsletter on 10th September 2021 regarding this announcement. A full HBC Council meeting took place on 30th September 2021 where they agreed for the draft plan to go out for Regulation 18 Engagement (the plan will not be formally adopted until next year). Regulation 18 allows for a 6-week Engagement period where organisations and members of the public can submit any representation they wish to make on the plan. We will closely monitor any planning applications made by Schopwick surgery on site BE1 to ensure it is kept to acceptable parameters, has minimum impact to the surroundings, with adequate boundaries and distinction from the rest of the green belt fields. Click here for further details of the Schopwick relocation plans.
ALFA will remain active should an appeal be made by developers / land owners or there are issues with the Schopwick Surgery relocation.
ALFA (Allum Lane Fields Association) was created by three local residents in October 2018 in response to site BE1, with access via The Rise, being put forward as a potential housing development. In July 2019 two further sites were offered up by the land owners for development, one adjoining BE1 and one on the opposite side of Allum Lane.
In summary the sites for potential development are: Off Allum Lane - 14.54 hectares, potentially 300+ houses,care home, doctors surgery and cemetery extension. Golf Club - 75.00 hectares, potentially 830 houses
Click here for the latest report from Hertfordshire Borough Council December 2020.
ALFA are working to retain this important local Green Belt land and avoid overdevelopment of Elstree and Borehamwood, an area that has already seen more than its fair share of additional housing in recent years. Green Belt land is critical to our physical and mental health and wellbeing, proven during the Covid-19 lockdown. It will continue to be important to local people who wish to spend time exercising in green spaces accessible from their homes, to enjoy fresh air, open space and the wildlife that flourishes in Elstree.
reports suggest this Green Belt land has been recommended for release (Arup report)
developers Endurance Estates have published extensive and researched development plans
We need to be ready to protest against these developments if they are included in the Local Plan 2021 in the 6 week window for public engagement. The plan is anticipated in early September 2021. If you join us, ALFA will keep you informed of developments and the work we are doing on behalf of members. Through ALFA, members can and do share their invaluable views, opinions, knowledge and expertise. We must work together - this is a team effort. To join ALFA, email email@example.com or go to our Join Us page