save little bushey - object to planning REF 22/1071/out

310 Homes, school and community buildings On Green Belt in Little Bushey

Land east of Little Bushey Lane and north of the Squirrels, Little Bushey Lane known as Harts Farm.

ACT NOW to object to Hertsmere Borough Council against the outline planning application for up to 310 houses and land reserved for primary school, community facilities and mobility hub with access from Little Bushey Lane.

Reasons to Object

Loss of Green Belt : There are no special circumstances why this area of Green Belt should be developed for housing. Government says that Brownfield sites be used before Green Belt.

Fall in housing demand : Housing demand has fallen according to Government figures as has been highlighted by both the CPRE and Hertsmere opposition councillors. 

Traffic : The development at Harts Farm will generate some 1200 extra cars on the already congested Little Bushey Lane, more with the proposed new school. In a recent Little Bushey Lane Community traffic survey, the figures demonstrated an increase in traffic of 12% in 3 years. The heaviest increase in traffic being between 09:00 – 09:30 at 32%.

Flood risk : The site and surrounding roads have been identified a flood plain by the Environment Agency ranging from medium to high risk. Little Bushey Lane currently regularly floods as does the new development at Rossway Drive. An additional 310 more homes, a school and additional development will further increase that risk.

Loss of wildlife : The inclusion of a flood plain in this site creates a unique biodiverse environment. This area which is constantly sodden can be considered to be a water meadowland coupled with the hedgerows, lends itself to be a micro-nature reserve of wildlife including protected muntjac deer, pipistrelle bats and Canada geese.

Lack of public transport : The nearest bus route with limited evening and Sunday services is 10 minute walk away. This lack of accessible public transport makes any development entirely car dependent.

Loss of ancient rights of way : Two ancient Right of Way public footpaths cross the land giving people the opportunity to visit the wildlife area. Marked as B40 and B33  they are designated as definitive on all walking maps and maintained by Hertfordshire County Council


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.

Over the summer, and with an updated website, Save Hertsmere will re-connect with all local ‘Save’ Groups who promise to protect our Green Belt. We therefore 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

    Alternative ways to object and have your say.

    Hertsmere Planning Department

    And… why not email your local councillors!

    You can copy the text from our email.

    Oliver Dowden MP

    Cllr Linda Silver – Bushey Park

    Cllr Anne Swerling – Bushey Park

    Cllr David Carter – Bushey Park 

    Cllr Morris Bright – Leader of Hertsmere Council

    Cllr Harvey Cohen – Portfolio holder for Planning at Hertsmere Council

    Cllr John Graham – Aldenham East

    Cllr Lucy Selby – Aldenham East

    Cllr Caroline Clapper – Aldenham West

    Cllr David Lambert  – Aldenham West

    Planning Department
    Hertsmere Borough Council
    3 Elstree Way
    WD6 9SR