TACK­LING COUNTY’S GROWTH

Hertfordshire Life - - COUNTY LIFE -

Herts County Coun­cil has stressed the need for or­gan­i­sa­tions to work to­gether as the county goes through its big­gest pe­riod of growth since the new towns era. The gov­ern­ment has set a tar­get of more than 100,000 new homes here by 2031, while County Hall said it aims to cre­ate 100,000 new jobs in the next 15 years. To sup­port growth the au­thor­ity said it will need to spend £5-6bn on in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing schools and high­ways. It also plans to im­ple­ment new ap­proaches to plan­ning and hous­ing, in­clud­ing the for­ma­tion of a Hert­ford­shire Growth Board with lo­cal en­ter­prise part­ner­ships, and bring­ing to­gether key agen­cies.

Coun­cil leader David Wil­liams said ‘The level of growth planned for the county re­quires a new com­mit­ment to joint­work­ing. If we change the way we work, we have the op­por­tu­nity to pos­i­tively shape the fu­ture of the county to get the best out­comes for our com­mu­ni­ties and en­hance our con­tri­bu­tion to the UK econ­omy.’

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