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.



NEWS - Blue Plaques


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, and more information about the plaques project is available here


Unfortunately the plaque installed on Lombard House has been forcibly removed, but we plan to replace it soon.


WINTER 2017 / 2018 NEWSLETTER now published
click here for the latest newsletter, with more news on planning matters



Next meeting: Wednesday 21st February


Historical architectural gems of Hertfordshire


For other meetings planned for 2018 see here




Consultation on this draft is open until 23rd January 2018.  Details can be found here.


This draft proposes a new by-pass for Hertford.  A subcommittee of the Society,chaired by Malcolm Ramsay, is now reviewing the draft.  You may submit your comments to this subcommittee by clicking here and/or to Hertfordshire County Council.




Consultation on this draft opens on 2nd December and closes on 9th February 2018.  This will set the scene in which future applications for specific quarries will be assessed.  Details can be found here.  Double click on "Draft Minerals Local Plan" to view.


At present there are 2 planning activities relating to the proposed Bengeo Quarry: one is to appeal the HCC refusal of the initial application, and the other is a revised application.  Public consultation on both has now closed.  The old Minerals Plan forms part of the setting for these. 




The council's DCC met on October 11th, and sadly approved the plans submitted.  


Click here for the members, papers and decisions of the council's Development Control Committee meetings.  The Society expressed its views on this development in detail here and here.





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




The developers have withdrawn their appeal against the Council’s failure to grant planning permission for a ‘retirement community’ on Green Belt land off Cole Green Way and west of the Town Football Club.  You can see the Society’s views here and here.  



NEWS - 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, 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.