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.”