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Woodcock Hill Village Green

Woodcock Hill Village Green - Vale Avenue - Borehamwood - Hertfordshire - WD6 2BD

Taylor Wimpey is preparing an application for the Deregistration and Exchange of village green land at Woodcock Hill, Borehamwood. 

 

 

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  • Overview

    Overview

    Taylor Wimpey is preparing an application for the Deregistration and Exchange of village green land at Woodcock Hill, Borehamwood with adjoining landowners.

     

    The proposals put forward by Taylor Wimpey seek the ‘release’ of part of the existing Woodcock Hill Village Green and subsequent ‘replacement’ with a new and larger area of land adjacent to the south-west, which is then to be designated as part of the Woodcock Hill Village Green.

    A formal application to Deregister and Exchange the Village Green land is anticipated to be submitted to the Secretary of State in Summer 2020 and will be subject to a further statutory consultation period.

    Before the application is submitted we are keen to engage with key stakeholders and the local community on our proposals to create an improved Village Green for the local community. This website sets out our draft proposals for the site and invites comments and suggestions from the local community and interested stakeholders on how the proposals could be shaped to reflect the views and needs of local people.

    Due to the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, we were unable to hold a public exhibition and so this consultation was hosted electronically. 

    Taylor Wimpey engaged with key local stakeholders and local residents via an online consultation which was launched on Thursday 18th June 2020 and closed on Friday 24th July 2020. Taylor Wimpey is currently reviewing all the feedback received, which will help to refine its proposals to create an improved Village Green for the local community.

    Images of the existing Village Green

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  • About the site

    About the site

    Woodcock Hill Village Green is privately owned by Taylor Wimpey, and the proposals being put forward seek to exchange the existing village green with land immediately adjacent to the south and west, to deliver a new, larger and improved Village Green for the local community.

     

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    Before its designation as a Village Green in 2008, Woodcock Hill was previously designated as a ‘Reserve Housing Site’ within the 2003 Hertsmere Local Plan, and in doing so, Hertsmere Borough Council recognised the sustainability credentials of the site as being suitable for future residential development.

    There remains an acute need for new housing in the Borough. The preparation of Hertsmere’s New Local Plan provides an appropriate opportunity to review the potential benefits associated with the proposed exchange of Woodcock Hill Village Green alongside the release of land from the Green Belt to provide much needed new homes and local infrastructure.

    This consultation is not linked to any potential housing development at this site and is solely related to providing an enhanced Village Green for the local community. However, if this application to Deregister and Exchange the Village Green is successful then Taylor Wimpey intends to promote the release land for residential allocation in the emerging Hertsmere Local Plan.

     

    Local Plan (2003) Policy Map for Borehamwood

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  • What's proposed

    What's proposed

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    Images of the new Village Green area

      

    Statutory legislation allows for the de-registration and exchange of Village Green land from one area to another. Accordingly, the proposals seek the 'release' of part of the existing Woodcock Hill Village Green and subsequent 'replacement' with a new and larger area of land adjacent to the south-west, which is then to be designated as part of the Woodcock Hill Village Green.

     

    The proposals are summarised as follows:

     

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    P19-0211_07D-2 Site Plan

     

    This consultation relates solely to providing an enhanced Village Green for the local community. The following landscape masterplan illustrates how the proposals might look. 

     

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    Landscape Strategy

     

    Existing Woodland

    Existing woodland will be retained and further enhanced with some additional tree, understory, and ground flora planting of native species of local provenance. This will serve to increase the diversity of the habitat and provide enhanced opportunities for wildlife. Appropriate long-term management of the existing woodland, including selective thinning and removal of non-native species, will be carried out to ensure landscape and ecological value are maintained and enhanced.  

     

    Bird and bat boxes will be erected on suitable retained trees to further enhance the ecological value of the site.

     

    Seating, natural watch stations or information boards will be provided around the woodland edges to give more opportunities for nature watching

     

    Existing Pond

    Existing ponds to be retained and enhanced with additional aquatic and marginal planting and through a suitable long-term management regime. 

     

    Open Meadow Grassland and Rough Grassland

    Existing semi-improved neutral grassland currently present on the replacement land will be transferred into areas of open meadow grassland and sowed with species-rich meadow mixtures. The open meadow grassland will occupy the central area of the proposed Village Green, supplemented with groups of native tree planting.

     

    An informal surfaced path (such as hoggin path) runs in the south-west and north-east orientation which will provide a direct pedestrian route linking Woodcock Hill Village Green to the north-east and Barnet Lane to the south-west. These areas will provide an open space for the local users to carry out passive recreational activities such as walking, jogging, and resting.  

     

    Rough grassland with some loosely grouped tree planting is proposed around the two air shafts and will form a natural barrier to dissuade users from approaching the structures, but whilst maintaining a visual connection to them. An information board will detail the history of the air shafts, and detailed design can pick up key vistas to the air shafts, such as from pedestrian access points along Barnet Lane. The rough grassland will also contribute to the local wildlife habitat and further enhance the ecological value of the site.   

     

    Woodland Walk

    New woodland and the associated understory and ground flora planting will be provided to the western boundary. These new planting areas will accommodate a pedestrian route through the woodland, with dynamic views along the route, such as channelled views along the woodland, with sudden open views available to the meadow grassland to the east, and semi-open views within woodland glade. Natural play opportunities, such as den making, will be provided along the walk. 

     

    The new woodland will also enhance the existing hedgerows and trees and ensure continued and enhanced habitat connectivity. 

     

    ‘Forage’ Walk

    A proposed ‘forage’ walk will incorporate orchard tree planting of local varieties and edible native fruit-bearing shrubs, and with seating opportunities through the provision of benches or picnic tables along the path. Plant palette oriented towards ‘naturalistic style of planting’ with native or semi-ornamental species. The fruit-bearing species will also provide seasonal foraging opportunities for local wildlife, such as birds, bats, and badgers. 

     

    Play on the Way

    Timber based trim-trails will be provided along the mown path that provides a direct footpath link to the Woodcock Hill Village Green to the west, and along a secondary mown path around the air shafts to create a loop route for children that may want to spend more time playing on the trim-trails. 

     

    Outdoor gym equipment will be provided in several locations which will provide a variety of exercise opportunities for those walking or jogging around the Village Green.

    Are there any additional features, environmental or community benefits that you would like to see incorporated into the proposals for the new Village Green? 

    Indicative Village Green images

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  • Community

    Community benefits

    In addition to the proposed increase in the size of the new Village Green, the following enhancements and community benefits are to be delivered:

     

    • The existing Village Green is managed by occasional volunteers and there is no regular source of funding for important works or improvements. The proposals include the establishment of a Funded Management Regime for the new Village Green with ongoing management by a Community Trust or Public Body to ensure associated benefits in perpetuity.
    • Improved Accessibility to the new Village Green for a wider section of the Community.
    • Ecological enhancements to existing habitats, management and creation of new habitats increasing the overall biodiversity and ecological quality, such as new wildlife ponds and wildflower meadows.
    • Creation of new areas of Public Open Space including woodland areas, open grassland for informal play and kick-a-bouts, public seating and picnic areas and creation of new formal footpaths and recreational routes (trim-trails) for walking and cycling.

     

  • Updates

    News and updates

    • Friday 17th July 2020 - Online consultation period ends
    • Summer 2020 - Formal application to Deregister and Exchange the Village Green land to be submitted to the Secretary of State