Hertsmere councillors meet planning minister Nick Boles MP

Times Series: Hertsmere MP James Clappison Hertsmere Council leader Morris Bright, planning committee member Cllr Harvey Cohen and housing committee member Seaumus Quilty to Westminster to meet Planning Minister Nick Boles MP Hertsmere MP James Clappison Hertsmere Council leader Morris Bright, planning committee member Cllr Harvey Cohen and housing committee member Seaumus Quilty to Westminster to meet Planning Minister Nick Boles MP

A delegation of Hertsmere councillors met a planning minister to discuss concerns about housing requirements in the borough.

Hertsmere MP James Clappison invited council leader Morris Bright, planning committee member Cllr Harvey Cohen and housing committee member Seaumus Quilty, to Parliament in Westminster.

They met Planning Minister Nick Boles MP to discuss residents concerns about future planning across Borehamwood, Bushey and Potters Bar.

During the meeting, they discussed the need for potential future green belt developments in the borough.

More than 80 per cent of land sits on the green belt and all the brownfield sites have already been allocated for housing.

They also analysed the need for more affordable homes at a time where house prices in the borough are already so high.

Other topics discussed included ensuring the roads, schools and medical facilities run smoothly and how to give people more of a say about planning issues.

Cllr Quilty said: “Hertsmere is in the rare position of having so much green belt and such high valued land. “We must work out ways of ensuring more affordable housing for those residents who want their families to live nearby and for key workers such as nurses and teachers.

“Nick Boles understood that and we began to talk about ideas for seeing how we could make that happen in the future.”

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4:52pm Mon 31 Mar 14

pwelsh says...

i hope our elected reps told this so called planning minister that government demands for the level of house building in borehamwood is unacceptable to local residents and in polite terms to 'get stuffed' . the tories were harping on about reducing central government impact/control and giving power to local people via the 'localities act' and 'the big society' . all poltical hot air as ever . if they really believed their own words they would allow each community to determine it's own future . no doubt this intervidual minister has a short shelf life but we as residents of borehamwood have to live with government policies forever.
i hope our elected reps told this so called planning minister that government demands for the level of house building in borehamwood is unacceptable to local residents and in polite terms to 'get stuffed' . the tories were harping on about reducing central government impact/control and giving power to local people via the 'localities act' and 'the big society' . all poltical hot air as ever . if they really believed their own words they would allow each community to determine it's own future . no doubt this intervidual minister has a short shelf life but we as residents of borehamwood have to live with government policies forever. pwelsh
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5:34pm Mon 31 Mar 14

save the wood says...

councillors shown to be talking about the housing plan now. but kept the elstree way corridor 2013 area action plan quiet to the residents, so they could start the destruction of the wood without much objection. lets see what comes out when the 2014 area action plan forms have been read and discussed at hertsmere council. and see what our councillors have to say now most of us do know whats going on in the wood
councillors shown to be talking about the housing plan now. but kept the elstree way corridor 2013 area action plan quiet to the residents, so they could start the destruction of the wood without much objection. lets see what comes out when the 2014 area action plan forms have been read and discussed at hertsmere council. and see what our councillors have to say now most of us do know whats going on in the wood save the wood
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9:34am Wed 2 Apr 14

Frank Ward says...

The comments by pwelsh speak volumes on behalf of the ordinary people who live in Boeham Wood and have 'ringside seats' witnessing the gradual destruction of their community under orders issued by the Conservative Grandees in Westminster. This Conservative government is demanding strict compliance with the demands of the marauding bands of developers who arrive in our Town with programmes of building residential accommodation without any consideration of the impact this will have on the existing infrastructure, schools, hospitals and other welfare services.
Meanwhile, back i n what was once described as the local 'corridors of power' the Officers of the Council will exercise the usual discretion by notifying only those residents they consider may have the right to be aware of an impending development and may even hold a consultation?
The elected Councillors who sit on the Planning Committee will then vote to grant approval for the development application within a period of eight weeks under the threat of the Grandees at Westminster imposing a decision direct in favour of the developers.
The added consideration that the Councillors who may be in the majority on the Planning Committee may not even represent any part of Boreham Wood and have no fear of accountability for their betrayal at the next round of elections makes a complete mockery of the promise to empower the people with decision making in their own community.
Frank Ward
Chairman
Hertsmere UKIP
The comments by pwelsh speak volumes on behalf of the ordinary people who live in Boeham Wood and have 'ringside seats' witnessing the gradual destruction of their community under orders issued by the Conservative Grandees in Westminster. This Conservative government is demanding strict compliance with the demands of the marauding bands of developers who arrive in our Town with programmes of building residential accommodation without any consideration of the impact this will have on the existing infrastructure, schools, hospitals and other welfare services. Meanwhile, back i n what was once described as the local 'corridors of power' the Officers of the Council will exercise the usual discretion by notifying only those residents they consider may have the right to be aware of an impending development and may even hold a consultation? The elected Councillors who sit on the Planning Committee will then vote to grant approval for the development application within a period of eight weeks under the threat of the Grandees at Westminster imposing a decision direct in favour of the developers. The added consideration that the Councillors who may be in the majority on the Planning Committee may not even represent any part of Boreham Wood and have no fear of accountability for their betrayal at the next round of elections makes a complete mockery of the promise to empower the people with decision making in their own community. Frank Ward Chairman Hertsmere UKIP Frank Ward
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