Housing Development in Hertford
The number of households in Hertford increased by over 9% in the ten years up to 2011, according to census data .
The 2001 census recorded a population of 24,838 occupying 10823 homes. By 2011 this had incresaed to 26,765 people in 11,658 households. Most of the new homes we built in Castle Ward, where 683 homes were constructed. Some of the larger developments included Newland Gardens in Ware Road, built by Barratt Homes, The Waterfront in Mill Road, built by Higgins, and Elder Court in Mead Lane, built by Weston.
However, the number of new starts has slowed significantly over recent years due to the economic climate. A planned development of 180 homes in Marshgate Drive has not materialised, despite planning permission being granted on appeal in January 2008.
Work has recently started on a new development of flats and houses on the site of the former police station in Ware Road. The original plans included a hotel, although this was eventually dropped after a revised planning application was granted planning permission.
Beeson's Yard in the town centre is also being redeveloped.
Development is also underway on the old Hertford East sidings, where over 100 new homes are to be built, whilst a further 180 flats are currently being built nearby in Marshgate Drive. The area around the station has seen a huge increase in homes being built, with around 250 flats being built at Elder Court and The Waterfront. The four development together total over 500 homes within 5 minutes walk of the station.
East Herts Council is currently working on a Local Development Framework (LDF) that will guide strategy up to 2031.
A number of options for future housing in the town have been identified and studied in detail:
- The town centre
- Existing urban areas
- To the west
- To the north
- To the south
The option of expanding to the east has been discounted to avoid coalescence with Ware.
The provision of new houses outside of existing urban areas will require the release of greenfield land and could have a negative impact on road traffic as an increasing number of people use their cars for travel. This may also have a knock on effect with air quality falling and an increase in the emission of greenhouse gases.
Studies have also highlighted the shortage of family homes in the town, with most new properties being flatted.