Open Space, Sport and Recreation Supplementary Planning Document consultation

The Council is consulting on a draft Open Space, Sport and Recreation Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to support the policies in the East Herts District Plan.

Open space, sport and leisure facilities are key infrastructure that must be provided to support new development in East Herts. Developer contributions will be sought to provide and fund new or enhanced facilities. The SPD provides guidance on the type and scale of open space, sport and recreation that will be required.  

The draft SPD can be viewed here alongside the Consultation Statement and Environmental Screening Statement that was prepared to determine whether the proposed SPD should be subject to Strategic Environment Assessment:

To assist in the calculation of standard charges for residential development, the Council has produced the following set of spreadsheets. These calculators to not form part of the statutory SPD but are a useful tool for applying the standards and costs set out in the document.

Spreadsheet Calculations
Sub Areas Built Facilities Open Space Playing Pitches
Bishops Stortford Built facilities contribution Bishops Stortford Open Spaces Contributions calendar PPS Calculated Bishops Stortford
Buntingford Built facilities contribution Buntingford - PPS Calculated Buntingford
Hertford & Ware Built facilities contribution Hertford & Ware - PPS Calculated Hertford & Ware
Sawbridgeworth Built facilities contribution Sawbridgeworth - PPS Calculated Sawbridgeworth
Watton - at - Stone Built facilities contribution Watton - at - Stone - PPS Calculated Watton - at - Stone

Consultation - Have your say

This is your opportunity to comment on the draft SPD. The Council is consulting on the draft SPD for 6 weeks from Thursday 3rd October until 5pm on Thursday 14th November 2019. To view and make comments please visit the Council's Consultation Portal

Alternatively you can download a  SPD Comment Form and return it by email to or by post to: Planning Policy, East Herts Council, Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8EQ.

Paper copies of the consultation documents will be available to view during normal office hours at the East Herts Council Offices in Hertford and Bishop's Stortford, the town councils and in local libraries. A full list of locations is set out in the statement of availability

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