Council considers Planning Inspector's response
Following the submission of its draft Local Plan, the blueprint for growth in the borough, the council has received a response from the independent Planning Inspector.
The letter indicates that in order for the proposed Local Plan to proceed to the next stage, additional sites at Brookmans Park and Cuffley, which were previously rejected at a meeting of full Council, must be included.
Cllr Stephen Boulton, Executive Member for Planning and Resources, said: "We are very disappointed in the Inspector's response and, once again, we find ourselves in an impossible situation. We are being pushed by the Inspector either to accept building on green belt sites that have already been rejected by elected councillors, or to write off the plan and start from square one with all the associated costs to the borough in these unprecedented times of financial pressure.
"We have a responsibility to do what's right for the borough, for our green belt, and for our communities. If we are forced down either of the paths on offer, we do not believe it is possible to achieve that balance. We are now working with officers to consider the next steps."