Call for employment sites and proposed Hertswood Studios

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Dear Hertsmere Borough Council,
Please can you tell if any person working at Hertsmere Borough Council or any elected Hertsmere Borough Councillor has any further information about the proposed Hertswood Studios other than the Bidwells Concept Document that has been published with email about the new proposed sites in the 31st March 2021.
I should also like to know if any discussions have been held with anyone at HBC about the viability of the site ahead of the email from Hertsmere about it dated on 31st March 2021, and if yes, who those people are - both at HBC and the other parties (potential developers or promoters, people from the DIT or BFC or anyone)
Yours faithfully,
Julia Dunsford

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Dear Julia Dunsford

 

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request sent on
7 April 2021.

 

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Your Request:

Please can you tell if any person working at Hertsmere Borough Council or
any elected Hertsmere Borough Councillor has any further information about
the proposed Hertswood Studios other than the Bidwells Concept Document
that has been published with email about the new proposed sites in the
31st March 2021.

 

I should also like to know if any discussions have been held with anyone
at HBC about the viability of the site ahead of the email from Hertsmere
about it dated on 31st March 2021, and if yes, who those people are - both
at HBC and the other parties (potential developers or promoters, people
from the DIT or BFC or anyone)

 

Our Response:

The only information received by Hertsmere Borough Council with regards to
this site was submitted by Bidwells / Woolfbond, the agents acting on
behalf of the owners of this site, as part of the Council's recent 'call
for employment sites' exercise.  Further information about this process,
plus the main submission is published on our website and can be accessed
here:

[1]https://www.hertsmere.gov.uk/Planning--B...

This website also includes the presentation given by Officers to a recent
Member Planning Panel meeting outlining the submissions made and some
frequently asked questions about the call for sites process.

 

In addition to the call form sites form published on our website, the site
promoters provided the following  information:

#Concept document

#Concept masterplan layout

#Covering letter

#Economic Impact Assessment report

#Energy / Sustainability initial strategy #Flood Risk Assessment and
Drainage strategy #Landscape and Visual overview #Preliminary Ecological
Appraisal #Transport Feasibility report

 

These documents are too large to attach in a single email, so please let
me know if you would like to see any or all of these and we will arrange
for them to be sent by file transfer or a number of separate emails.

None of this information directly addresses the issue of site viability
and we are not aware of any conversations between the site promoters and
Officers or Members regarding this matter.

 

As our website stresses, these submissions are not Hertsmere proposals.
Instead they are sites put forward by, or on behalf of land owners, based
on what they would like to see developed on their land.  The Council will
need to consider each submitted site and proposed use in further detail
before Officers make any recommendations as to whether the proposals
should be included within the Council's new Local Plan. There is due to be
consultation on this new Local Plan later this year.

 

Prior to 31st March 2021 officers at HBC had had no discussions with the
site promoter (or others) about the viability of the site.

 

 

 

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Dear foi,

I should very much like to see the additional documents you have please about the proposed Hertswood Studios. If you could arrange a file transfer that would be greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Julia Dunsford

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