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What about the green belt?

Proposed changes to the Green Belt boundary will allow for development to meet local housing need while protecting and enhancing East Herts’ rural character.

Children cycling beside a stream
60%

of land left undeveloped

Amended Green Belt boundary to facilitate urgently needed house building in a sustainable location.

At present, both Harlow and East Herts District Councils are limited in building space due to current Green Belt boundaries. Local towns such as Stevenage and Welwyn are equally constrained. Having looked at what development sites are available for new homes; East Herts District Council has acknowledged there is not enough suitable land within existing urban areas and that it will need to update its Green Belt boundaries to accommodate the local housing need.

A new sustainable Green Belt boundary

The southern part of Gilston Park Estate currently lies within the Green Belt. Within the Pre-Submission District Plan, East Herts Council have amended the Green Belt boundary to accommodate development at the Gilston Area.

A technical Green Belt strategy was prepared by Capita and Churchman which analysed the existing Green Belt against national policy tests and considered an appropriate roll back of the current boundary. Based on this work, a revised Green Belt boundary has been agreed which seeks to facilitate delivery of new homes at Gilston Park Estate, while minimising Green Belt loss as far as possible.

It is accepted by the Councils that the enhanced Central Crossing and the new Eastern Crossing (or Western Crossing) will be located within the Green Belt, and specific policies are to be prepared in the District Plan that will acknowledge the acceptability of the proposed strategic infrastructure within the Green Belt.

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