TACKLING COUNTY’S GROWTH
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.’