Last updated 24th July 2000
Housing Development In Hertford:
Hertfordshire County Council have recently undertaken a trial study of brownfield sites in the town to identify areas where new homes might be built.
The study is a response to government demands for new homes in the South-East of England to satisfy projected requirements that threaten the green belt.
Local homeowners have been horrified by the suggestions of some consultants who have proposed the compulsary purchase of large gardens for the development of flats. Other proposals include the demolition of larger detatched homes and their replacement with higher density developments.
The County Council have defended their actions, saying that many of the proposals are non-starters and that the study was just the first step in in finding out how many homes can be built on land that is already in residential use.
Housing development in the county is becoming an increasingly contentious issue as the level of demand for homes in the town and county threaten both the green belt and the density of housing in towns.