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We are supporting the development of healthy and prosperous town centres with vital transport links and digital connectivity to accelerate local growth.

Regenerating our towns

Hertfordshire LEP plays a key role in supporting the development of Hertfordshire's new and existing settlements and championing novel ways to sustainably accelerate housing delivery via offsite manufacturing.

We are working with local partners to drive forward the regeneration of our New Towns by identifying the critical interventions needed to unlock growth. In Stevenage and Hatfield, frameworks are in place that set out the vision and delivery of ambitious regeneration plans for the town centres.

Substantial progress has been made in the regeneration of Watford, Hemel Hempstead and South Oxhey, and LEP funding has contributed to key improvements at Hertford and Waltham Cross. A major regeneration scheme is also underway in Bishop's Stortford. 

We are ambitious for our New Towns, original Garden Cities, the planned Garden Town at Harlow and Gilston, and Hemel Garden Community which is creating 12,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs to the east and north of Hemel Hempstead

We will continue to work with our local authority partners to help balance the need for housing delivery with the provision of adequate employment land. The development of the Herts IQ enterprise zone in west Hertfordshire will also drive new forms of economic growth.

Improving connectivity

We are supporting a raft of transport measures across the county to make it easier to get to and from places of work and leisure and support the shift to a low carbon economy.

We are encouraging smarter forms of connectivity to reduce congestion through sustainable transport measures and green travel corridors. We are also supporting the roll-out of superfast broadband via the Connected Counties programme.

We reach out across our borders to work with neighbouring LEPs and other organisations in relation to key national infrastructure projects that have the potential to have a real economic impact on the county.

More locally, we work closely with Hertfordshire County Council as the Strategic Transport Authority. Transport scheme recommendations and decisions are made through the Hertfordshire Local Transport Body.

Hertfordshire Growth Board

We are a member of Hertfordshire Growth Board, alongside Hertfordshire County Council and the ten district/borough councils. With the county’s population expected to rise by up to 175,000 by 2031, the Growth Board is working to meet the demand for new homes, jobs, and inclusive growth.

Learn more about the Growth Board

Meeting future energy needs

Hertfordshire LEP is working to accelerate the delivery of new local energy infrastructure to facilitate low-carbon economic growth within the county.

We are part of a consortium known as the Greater South East Energy Hub, launched in April 2018, which aims to coordinate members' efforts and resources to achieve the ambitions set out in the Local Energy East Strategy.

Learn more about the Energy Hub