save HERTSMERE - object to planning REF 23/1508/OUT

.Application for a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) - Letchmore Heath

23/1508/OUT | Application for a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and associated landscaping and access. Outline Application to include Access.

Reasons to Object

1. This is inappropriate development on Green Belt land. No very special circumstances exist to approve the development.
2. This is not energy production, it is storage for a electricity from a mix of sources, including fossil fuels. It is not a renewable energy project.


3. This BESS will be one of the biggest in the world and the fire hazard is very significant because the more batteries there are the greater the risk will be.


4. There is no natural water supply for firefighting and no certainty that any artificial supply would be enough particularly in the event of contagion which is common.
5. There will only be one roadway into the development which could hinder firefighters depending on wind direction. This is highly dangerous- the fire services guidance requires at least two roads.


6. There is a wildlife site immediately next to the site and  the large wildlife site at Hilfield Park Reservoir, nationally significant for birdlife is nearbywhich will be constantly under threat of fire.


7. At a time when  food security is more important than ever the development will result in a loss of 30 acres of fully productive agricultural land.


8. Noise from a BESS is at a level that will impact people’s daily lives, their sleep  and health.


Dear Hertsmere Green Belt supporter,

Thank you for being part of the 18,000 objections against Hertsmere’s draft Local Plan which proposed building over 2,500 acres (almost 15%)   of our entire Green Belt.

Your support and objections forced our Councillors to listen and shelve the plan. However, by not providing an acceptable draft Local Plan the first time around, this has put our Green Belt at risk. Without a five-year housing supply, our Green Belt is now open to developer destruction.

Act Now

Our Local Councillors are there to represent us, so they should be rejecting ALL Green Belt proposals until we as residents can be properly consulted on a new and better Local Plan.

Numerous applications on the Green Belt have been submitted since the Plan was shelved and since approved. The map below highlights the danger facing us all.

We must continue to work together to object to these applications and ensure our elected Councillors listen to us the residents of Hertsmere.

We  need  your continued support. 

If you are a local action group working to protect the Green Belt in your area of Hertsmere, or wish to join our campaign, please contact us at: to join up and work with us, as together we are stronger.

Object now and register your views

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    Hertsmere Planning Department

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    Planning Department
    Hertsmere Borough Council
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