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New Development Quality Charter for Hertfordshire

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From building new homes and protecting green spaces to growing our economy while cutting carbon emissions, Hertfordshire is perfectly placed to lead the way on sustainable place-making.

Consistently delivering high-quality new homes and buildings which meet the latest environmental standards is vital achieving this ambition which is why the launch of Hertfordshire’s new Development Quality Charter is so important.

It will set the benchmark for quality and sustainability for new developments across the county and ensure residents benefit from well-designed places to live, work and visit.

Launching this new charter at the Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Development Board is symbolic of the deep partnership between the development sector and local government which will enable its principles to be literally built into the fabric of our communities.

Written by Cllr Richard Roberts, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and Chair of Hertfordshire Growth Board

At Watford Community Housing, we’re strongly in favour of a Development Quality Charter that can unite the whole supply chain behind the goal of delivering good-quality, sustainable homes for people in Hertfordshire.

A new home should be a chance for residents to live comfortably, safely and more sustainably – giving them a springboard to happier and healthier lives.

As a Hertfordshire-based housing association, we’re naturally focused on ensuring that homes can be delivered across all tenures, and we hope that this Charter will empower the sector to provide housing that enhances communities while remaining affordable for local residents.

Local Authorities also have their part to play in making sure that building control compliance, planning policy support the ambitions set out in the charter and as Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, I commit to its pledges for all of our own developments.

I am now asking all those involved in development activity in Hertfordshire, from private developers and housing associations to local authorities and landowners, to sign up to the charter and contribute to the delivery of a high quality and sustainable places that will enable our wonderful county to thrive for generations to come.

Written by Tina Barnard, CEO at Watford Community Housing


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