Oliver has called on local people from across Hertsmere to make their voices heard and contribute to the updated Local Plan that will shape development in the area over the next two decades.
Hertsmere Borough Council have launched the next phase of the development of the updated Hertsmere Local Plan and as part of this have begun a consultation to get the views of local residents on what sort of development they want to see.
Speaking today, Oliver said: ‘One of the great pleasures of living in our part of Hertfordshire is the countryside we have right on our doorstep. It makes our towns and villages distinct and special places to live and this is something we must preserve. However, we must also make sure we provide more houses for our children and grandchildren so that they too can enjoy the chance to own their own home.
‘Hertsmere Borough Council are currently in the process of updating the Borough’s Local Plan, something which will shape development in our area for decades to come. I would strongly encourage everyone in Hertsmere to get involved with this process and share their views by responding to the Council’s consultation. ’
The Consultation can be found by visiting the following link on the Council’s website and closes on 30 November 2017: https://hertsmere-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/
Oliver set out his own position in a letter to Cllr Harvey Cohen (see below), the Borough Council’s cabinet member responsible for planning and development. In his letter, Oliver urged the Council to maintain the charm and character of our area, and also make sure that any housing development is accompanied by matching infrastructure such as schools and doctors’ surgeries.
Oliver added: ‘Many constituents continue to raise with me their concerns over our local infrastructure. As any new development proceeds it is vitally important we have the infrastructure to go with it to make sure that local people have access to the schools, healthcare and transport they need.
‘I have made this point repeatedly to the Borough Council as part of the ongoing consultation. I know they are aware of this issue and I shall continue to do all I can to work with them as they complete this process.’