London Colney Garden Village: Plans made for new 6,000-home settlement

PUBLISHED: 09:02 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:02 17 May 2018

Redwell Garden Village site. Picture: Google.

Redwell Garden Village site. Picture: Google.


Plans have been published for a 6,000-home new garden village next to London Colney.

The Tyttenhanger Estate has put forward a proposal for the Redwell Garden Village, which would be built on Green Belt land to the immediate south-east and east of London Colney and stretch down to the M25.

It would include a secondary school, four primary schools, cycle routes, 60 per cent open space, new surgeries and clinics and an innovation hub with space for offices, shops and hotels.

According to the report, Hertsmere Borough Council, whose boundaries this development falls within, would receive £20m extra per year in business rates and council tax from these new homes, while Hertfordshire County Council would receive £10m.

Campaign for Colney leader Brett Ellis said: “It just feels to me like this is a complete stitch-up.

“Hertsmere Borough Council has refused to consult with the village and there is no financial sweetener for London Colney or Colney Heath when they are devastating the Green Belt.

“What do we stand to gain from this, other than having our green areas concreted over and our roads filled with cars?”

The Redwell plans do include a green buffer between the garden village and London Colney.

“There is, as yet, no information on how large this buffer will be or whether there will be any restrictions on building on it.

A Hertsmere Borough Council spokesperson said: “The council are in the process of delivering, over the next two years, a new development plan for the borough.

“The allocation document will seek to provide for the economic wellbeing of the borough by providing opportunities to create up to 9,000 new jobs and also up to 9,000 new homes to 2036.

“The owners of the land to the north of the borough are themselves promoting a ‘garden village’ which was set out in our Issues and options document as an option for growth.

“The council are currently assessing this and other sites. Options will be set out in a preferred options document which will be ready for consultation with residents by mid-autumn 2019.

“The council has nothing formal from the site promoters with the exception of the documents that have been submitted through the call for sites and the consultation with the issues and options document.”

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I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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