District and borough councils deal with planning applications for houses and extensions, shops and industrial buildings.

Hertfordshire County Council only deal with planning for minerals (mostly sand and gravel quarries) and waste, and for services we provide such as schools, libraries and roads. 


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Minerals and waste planning

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The Plan-led System

Each local planning authority is required to prepare documents outlining how planning will be managed for that area.

The strategy, policies and development briefs are known as the plan-led system.

In the case of the County Council these planning documents relate to minerals and waste.  

Hertfordshire Development Plan

The Development Plan is made up of:

  • District/Borough Local Plans
  • Neighbourhood Plans
  • Waste Core Strategy and Development Management Policies Document (adopted November 2012)
  • Waste Site Allocations Document (adopted July 2014)
  • Minerals Local Plan (adopted 2007).

National planning policy and guidance relating to these documents is set out in:

Neighbourhood Planning

See our neighbourhood planning page for advice on how residents and businesses can help shape their local area.

Prior approvals

See our prior approvals page for information about waste management processes following development change of use.

The Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Planning Partnership (HIPP)

The role of Public Health in planning

There is no legal requirement to consult Public Health on planning proposals but it is important to do so to protect the health of residents.

Public Health can:

  • engage in the planning process to inform planning policy development
  • respond to planning applications and planning policy consultations
  • make recommendations to planning authorities and developers on how to positively incorporate health and wellbeing into proposals.

Responses to planning proposals will be objective and informed by scientific evidence.

Public Health does not have the power or duty to:

  • exercise any form of “call in” on an application or proposal
  • make a decision on a planning application
  • stop, suspend or rescind a planning application
  • enforce a planning condition
  • make requests for healthcare provision (such as GP surgeries and increased hospital capacity). This is the role of Hertfordshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England.

Public Health will:

  • recommend that a health impact assessment (HIA) is undertaken for all major plans, policies and development proposals.
  • if necessary consult independent experts such as environmental scientists at Public Health England to help inform, advise or provide external review of our conclusions and advice.

Contact our Public Health Team

Email: publichealth@hertfordshire.gov.uk

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