Hertfordshire leading drive to fund infrastructure from planning reforms
Published: 21 Feb 2019
The Hertfordshire councils are planning for the delivery of up to 100,000 new homes by 2031. These homes, and the associated infrastructure, are needed to support our growing population.
With this clear objective in mind, we are taking the lead by being part of a new project to help us further boost good growth in the county by securing increased funding from property developers.
Hertfordshire’s 11 county, district and borough councils have been invited by the Local Government Association and Planning Advisory Service to be involved in the pilot scheme –that will lead to more effective, efficient ways of working together to help maximise infrastructure contributions from the planning process.
We see good growth as creating places that are well-designed and which helps our communities be healthy, safe and enjoy a good quality of life. We are committed to building sustainable, high quality new places in Hertfordshire where people can live, learn and work.
The infrastructure needed in Hertfordshire for the next 12 to 15 years will cost up to £6billion – and only £1.4billion has already been identified or is being raised through funded schemes – so it is vital that new development makes a significant contribution to delivering good growth.
Councillor Derrick Ashley, Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy, said:
“We could have 175,000 more people living in Hertfordshire by 2031, so we must be ready to support them by addressing infrastructure issues like new transport, schools and healthcare provision.
“It’s estimated that developers and land-owners stand to contribute less than 20% of the £6billion bill. Targeting development is a key part of raising the funds needed, and we’re exploring all options to achieve this.
“We’ll work closely with our district and borough councils on the project. It’s an important step in helping to improve the support we get for infrastructure through the planning process.
“It’s great for Hertfordshire to be leading the way, working with central government, by taking part in a national pilot project which will eventually be rolled out across the UK.”
Councillor Linda Haysey, Leader of East Herts Council and chairman of Hertfordshire Infrastructure Planning Partnership, said:
“We are delighted to be part of this pilot project with government. It will be a catalyst for enhancing our infrastructure approach and will build on the collaborative working that we are already engaging in.”