East Herts Council leader Linda Haysey appointed to chair Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Development Board
East Herts Council leader Cllr Linda Haysey has been appointed chairwoman of the newly-formed Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Development Board (HIDB).
The forum, set up by the Hertfordshire Growth Board, aims to work with housing developers and the construction industry to deliver sustainable growth in the county, including up to 100,000 new homes by the mid-2030s.
To that end, the 11 district, borough and county councils that form the growth board, along with the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, have chosen MPC and Curtin & Co to be their partners in formation of the HIDB.
Cllr Haysey, who also chairs the Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Planning Partnership, said: "The formation of the Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Development Board is further evidence that, in our county, matters around growth and development are treated in a very inclusive manner.
"It means we can and will have a much more co-ordinated approach, as it is very important for borough and district councils – and all of the partners – to have strong relationships with developers, builders and landowners. We're looking forward to working even more closely with developers so we can deliver the type of growth Hertfordshire expects and deserves."
Cllr Richard Roberts, leader of Hertfordshire County Council and chair of Hertfordshire Growth Board, said: "It's fantastic that the growth board is leading the way on making sure Hertfordshire has effective and beneficial engagement with the development sector. By establishing the Infrastructure and Development Board, it will reinforce and bolster the way we deliver high-quality sustainable growth.
"I have no doubt it will be hugely instrumental in helping us to drive innovation in Hertfordshire – to influence the pace of delivery, the quality of development and also enable us to get the type of feedback we need and analyse the issues facing the construction sector.
"This approach will also be vital in making sure our residents feel engaged and have the opportunity to help to shape plans in their communities."