First meeting of new organisation to build infrastructure for Hertfordshire
East Herts Council leader Linda Haysey has chaired the first meeting of a new organisation to ensure local authorities and developers work together to deliver vital infrastructure for Hertfordshire.
The primary objective of the Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Development Board (HIDB) is to foster collaboration as the county looks to accommodate up to 100,000 new homes by the mid-2030s.
After the inaugural forum on Thursday (November 11), Cllr Haysey said: “It is extremely encouraging and pleasing to see that so many in the construction sector have become members of the infrastructure and development board and that such a large number attended the first meeting today.”
As well as leading the new HIBD, she is also chair of the Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Planning Partnership and said: “As was shown today, it is also providing a vital channel for engagement and communication with the industry which, as we’ve said before, will make sure matters around growth and development are treated in a really inclusive way for many years to come.”
A total of 30 organisations have joined the HIDB since a proposal for its formation was approved at a September meeting of the Hertfordshire Growth Board. It also includes the 11 Hertfordshire councils which form the board as well as the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Cllr Richard Roberts, leader of Hertfordshire County Council and chair of Hertfordshire Growth Board, said: “I am delighted that the growth board has been able to lead in establishing the infrastructure and development board, which has been formed at such a pivotal time for our county as we aim to deliver the high-quality sustainable growth needed to ensure Hertfordshire is a county fit for the future.
“To achieve this, it is absolutely fundamental to have effective engagement with the construction sector, and the Infrastructure and Development Board will make sure we have that, as well as giving us the opportunity at these meetings to provide feedback from our communities as it is incredibly important that residents feel part of the process.”