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Latest Official Household Projections show big reductions for Hertfordshire. The Projections confirm the trend revealed by the similar reduction in the County’s projected population in the ONS 2018-based population projections published in March. This showed that the projected County population for 2036 is 1,226,566, which is 167,434 (12%) lower than the 2014-based projection of 1,394,000.

One of our planners David Irving writes to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council expressing the concers of CPRE Hertfordshire about Plotland in Digswell Park Road. Download to read his concerns.



Please find attached an aricle written by our planning manager Tim Hagyard 

Thursday, 02 April 2020 11:05

CPRE Hertfordshire Spring 2020 Newsletter

We are pleased to publish our latest newsletter "Spring 2020" available as a download. Please enjoy reading our latest news and we would appreciate any feedback to enable us to improve this newsletter. Read the newsletter here:



“CPRE Hertfordshire regrets that it has closed its office and its staff and volunteers are working from home because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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One of us will get back to you but it may take a  little longer than is usual.”


Speculative Development – Little Gaddesden

We at CPRE Hertfordshire became aware last year of an advertisement for the sale of plots of land at Little Gaddesden, in Dacorum Borough.

The site is within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We have seen similar plots of land for sale in other parts of the county.

The landowner or agent sells with the suggestion that, with getting planning permission for a house on one of these plots, the buyer will make a fortune.

To date, not one has gained planning permission. Someone has applied to Dacorum Borough Council for planning permission for a house on one of the Little Gaddesden plots. Not only have we objected to this application, we have pointed out the very poor quality of the application. We are sure as we can be that Dacorum’s planners will turn it down.

You can see our letter to Dacorum Borough Council here

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