Hertford Civic Society is a charity which has since 1969 acted as a focus for residents interested in shaping the future of the town.




* To stimulate the interest of residents in the quality of the environment in Hertford and the surrounding area and to maintain its character as a small market town.

* To encourage central and local government, companies and private individuals to adopt high standards of architectural design, town planning and management of the environment.

*To encourage appropriate development, improvement and conservation so that we and future generations can benefit from the good which we have inherited and safeguard Hertford’s life as a community in which we can live and work.




To find out more about us, our achievements, how we pursue our aims, and what our current activities are, click on ABOUT US.




In the past few months the project to erect blue plaques on buildings of historic importance around the town has been completed, and the Hertford Heritage Trail has now been launched in partnership with the Town Council.  Free leaflets to guide you round the trail are available from the Tourist Office in The Wash opposite the theatre, and more information about the plaques project is available here



SPRING 2018 NEWSLETTER published
click here for the latest newsletter, with more news on planning matters



June 6th coach outing is now fully booked. 


July 1st 12:30 Garden Party at Rochford.


To book contact Terry Betts, see Events.


For other meetings planned for 2018 see here





Consultation on this draft HCC plan closed on 23rd January 2018.  It can be found here.


This draft proposes a new by-pass for Hertford.  A subcommittee of the Society  reviewed the draft and made these comments, including considering a tramway as well as a guided busway for a new East-West link, alternatives to building a new by-pass, and shortening the time for which the Hertford-Stevenage rail service was withdrawn.




Consultation on this HCC draft has now closed.  The plan will set the scene in which future applications for specific quarries will be assessed.  Click here and then double click on "Draft Minerals Local Plan" to view.


 We were pleased to see that no areas around the town are now designated as suitable for further quarrying. For our comments see here and, more technically, here.



ONGOING - Bengeo Quarry


The Inspector is still working on the appeal against HCC's refusal of permission for the first application.  A second revised application was also refused by HCC.  The old Minerals Plan forms part of the setting for these.





Readers are invited to guess where the photo on the left was taken.  Also when the last bus stopped there, and when the next bus is due.


Click on this, and address to John Bevan, webmaster.  Your answers and (if desired) your name will be placed here later.



New Chairman  Malcolm Ramsay


At the AGM on 26th April Malcolm Ramsay was elected chairman in the place of Terry Betts.  Terry served 6 years in this position, and more years than he can remember before this as Treasurer.  We are all very grateful to the hard work that Terry has put in over all of these years.




Members are invited to submit their own photos which show an important view of Hertford or which illustrate an issue the town is facing.  The webmaster will choose which photos to use on the webiste, probably after some editing e.g. to reduce their size, and will show them alongside the member's name. Email photos to





This is how it looks now.


Reports suggest that work will start in June on the hotel - see photo above without the clock. 


The council's DCC met on October 11th, and sadly approved the plans submitted.  The Society expressed its views on this development in detail here and here.  A few of our views were adopted, e.g. the bus station is to stay in its present location and not moved to Fore Street.


Although the rebuilding of Bircherley Green is clearly the biggest and most important development scheme in Hertford for many years, there has been little or no information from the developers about progress or timing, whilst more shops are boarded up.


The permission was formally issued on 5 January, following conclusion of the planning agreement. That agreement provides, among other things, for the developers to report to the Council by 5 April on the progress of discussions with the NHS about the possibility of part of the new development being designed and used by the NHS for local GP practices. There will also be submissions from the developers about various details which the Council has to agree before work can start, such as a construction traffic management plan, a drainage strategy, and details of external lighting, noise insulation, and vents and extractors. For other recent large developments such submissions have been posted on the Council’s website, where it is possible to comment. In this case no such submissions have been posted yet, although there is an application for approval of proposed signage for the hotel.


In the meantime we are seeking information about what is to happen to the Wallace memorials in the existing paving and on the wall of the former Waitrose.


DISTRICT PLAN hearings have now ended 



950 new homes are planned for Hertford in the District Plan which is currently subject to review by a Planning Inspector.  750 of them would be on Green Belt sites, including 150 to the north of Bengeo and 250 west of Thieves Lane.  The Society has made objections because the Plan completely fails to give due weight to national policy for the protection of the Green Belt, and does not include any long term vision in considering options such as completely new settlements for the location of new housing.  We are also making the case that the total amount of housing to be built in the District is so large that national and local air quality standards cannot be met.


The Inspector's review started on October 3rd 2017, at Wallfields Hertford, considering District wide strategic issues.  The hearings were open to the public and have now ended.  Hertford specific issues were addressed on November 7th, with Air Quality on November 9th.  Peter Norman presented the Society's views, which are given at greater length here and here.  The Inspector's decision on the Plan will be made known some time in the future.


NEWS - DISTRICT PLAN modifications


"The Council have now published the modifications they propose to make to the District Plan. The six-week consultation period ends on 29th March 2018. Our comments are being formulated, and may include the mention of a new Hertford by-pass and the flexibility of i.e. potential increase in housing allocations.  Make your comments to the Society here.