Hertfordshire County Council does not deal with planning applications for new houses and extensions, or planning applications for shops or industrial buildings. Such applications are dealt with by district and borough councils. 

The county council deals with minerals (mostly sand and gravel quarries) and waste, together with building for its own service development. 

The service development includes schools, fire stations, and new roads such as bypasses. 

To find a planning application for minerals, waste and county council sites (please use the 'keywords' field, leaving the other fields blank).


Includes the Local Transport Plan and the Local Transport Body.


Energy Recovery Facility, Rattys Lane, Hoddesdon

We are currently consulting on a proposed application by Veolia Environmental Services Ltd for:  Proposed demolition of existing buildings and structures associated with existing rail aggregates use and construction and operation of an Energy Recovery Facility for the treatment of municipal, commercial and industrial wastes; importation, storage and transfer of local authority collected healthcare waste together with ancillary infrastructure including administration/visitor centre; incinerator bottom ash storage shed; grid connection compound; car, HGV, bus and visitor parking areas; rail sidings improvements; weighbridges and weighbridge office; 2 portacabin offices; sprinkler tank and pump room; drainage connection to River Lee; security fencing; landscape and highway improvements to Rattys Lane at 2, Rattys Lane, Hoddesdon, EN11 0RF.

See the application documents

Representations will be accepted until Friday 31 March 2017.

Planning advice provided to Local Planning Authorities

The county council provides advice to Local Planning Authorities on the scale, location and quality of development in the county and any potential highway and environmental impacts of planning applications they are determining.

The county council also has input into the Local Plans developed by District/Borough Councils

Land searches

Land searches related to minerals and waste records are carried out by the spatial planning unit. 

Enquiries about details of minerals or waste operations (quarries, waste facilities, landfill or contaminated land in relation to these operations) on or adjoining properties or parcels of land should be directed to:


Responses will be provided detailing any mineral and/or waste planning records held by the unit. 

The county council has a separate land charges unit.

The district/borough councils and the Environment Agency deal with other contaminated land enquiries.

Hertfordshire Renewable Energy Study

In February 2003 the Government produced an Energy White Paper that recognised renewable energy as a major contributor to tackling climate change.

In 2004 a study for the East of England Sustainable Development Round Table proposed a target of 14% of electricity coming from renewable technologies within Hertfordshire by 2010.

Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Environmental Forum (HEF) and Hertfordshire Technical Chief Officers Association (HTCOA) engaged Entec Consultants to undertake research to identify the realistic potential for renewable energy development in Hertfordshire and to explore constraints to this development.