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Herts County Council confirms determination to make developers pay for infrastructure

Hertfordshire County Council has reiterated its commitment to getting developers to foot the bill for the infrastructure required to support 100,000 new homes in the county over the next 12 years.

County Hall and the 10 district and borough councils in Hertfordshire – including East Herts Council – were invited by the Local Government Association and Planning Advisory Service to take part in a pilot scheme to find more effective and efficient ways of working together to get the most out of the planning process.

The service commissioned a project team to deliver an improvement programme to help councils implement the Government's reforms to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which came into force in September.

St Michaels Hurst, Bishops Stortford. General views. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (19277285)
St Michaels Hurst, Bishops Stortford. General views. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (19277285)

The project report shows that a lot more needs to be done to secure the infrastructure funding required for future developments in the county.

The Hertfordshire councils are planning for the delivery of at least 100,000 new homes by 2031. The associated infrastructures will cost up to £6 billion – and just £2.1bn is currently secured.

Cllr Derrick Ashley, HCC's cabinet member for growth, infrastructure, planning and the economy, said: "Two-thirds of growth in Hertfordshire in the next few years will be on major green belt releases. It is vital that we capture more of the uplift in land value that these developments will generate.

"We're working closely with planning authorities to ensure landowners and developers make an increased contribution towards the needs of Hertfordshire.

"We could have 175,000 more people living in the county by 2031, so, with the growth expected across the county, it is absolutely essential to deliver on the promise of good growth. We want to end people's concerns about the delivery of infrastructure."

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