In the recent years we have completed projects including:



In addition to our focus on planning applications, we shall in future carry out projects of benefit to the town. One strong possibility is outlined just below; there will be others.  If you feel that the Society should be addressing other issues, then make your views known to a committee member.  Please use the Contact form here.


A414 Air Quality

To date this matter has attracted little attention, apart from identifying and measuring the high levels of air pollution along Gasgoyne Way, and brief mention in the Society's comments on the draft District Plan.


To see the major issues of recent or current concern to the Society, read the News on the Home page or refer to the latest Newsletter.  For more background on another issue, please use the Newsletter Issue Index, in order to find all mentions in earlier Newsletters.  For further information, please contact a committee member.
For comments made by the Society on smaller planning applications and other related issues, please scan "Planning Matters" in a few Newsletters published just after the date on which EHC's planning consent was sought. 



Consultation on this draft plan has now closed.  The latest position can be found as a News item on the Home page here.


This draft proposes a new by-pass for Hertford.  A subcommittee of the Society reviewed the draft.  

HCC's vision for transport up to 2050 were presented as "Transport Vision 2050" at an informal workshop held earlier, in 2017.  
Comments made to HCC on TV2050 are here.
HCC Minerals Plan Local Review 2015.  The county council is preparing this overall long term plan, in the context of which specific extraction proposals (similar to those made for a Bengeo Quarry in 2016) will later be evaluated and judged by HCC.  Consultation on this draft plan has now closed.  The latest position can be found as a News item on the Home page here.

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DISTRICT PLAN now adopted


The new District Plan for East Herts was adopted in October 2018.  It sets out planning policies and proposals for the District until 2033.  The Plan includes highly controversial proposals to build on large areas of land near Ware and Harlow which have been taken out of the Green Belt, although the countryside around Hertford itself is less affected.  We objected to several aspects of the Plan at the draft stages (e.g. loss of Green Belt, no consideration given to new settlements) - see here and here for detail, but now that an Inspector has found it ‘sound’ and it has been adopted, any opposition to future planning applications which comply with the Plan would be futile.


Despite its controversial aspects, the Council are to be congratulated for putting together – at long last – a document which will safeguard the District from development which is unplanned and unco-ordinated, and which hopefully will bring forward new schools, parks and doctors’ surgeries in tandem with new houses and flats.  However we do remain concerned about the Plan’s support for the principle of a Hertford by-pass when the long-term consequences for the town of building, or not building, a by-pass have not been critically assessed.


As development schemes come forward, the Society will be vigilant to ensure that they conform to all the policies and criteria laid down in the Plan.  It is the Plan as a whole which has been found ‘sound’, with all its caveats and provisos, not just the headline policies which allocate sites for residential and other development.  We particularly welcome the determination expressed by some Councillors when the Plan was adopted that developers should be obliged to deliver their full quota of affordable housing in accordance with its terms.  We’ll also be looking to the Council to enforce the stringent new provisions on air quality which were inserted into the Plan partly in response to our objections.