Regenerating our New Towns

We are working with our 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 larger towns of Watford and Hemel Hempstead, while the designation of a new Enterprise Zone in west Hertfordshire will drive new forms of economic growth.

We are ambitious both for our New Towns, original Garden Cities and the new planned Garden Town at Harlow and Gilston. We will continue to work with our local authority partners to help balance the need for housing delivery with adequate employment land space.

Stevenage Central Core

Improving our connectivity

We are helping to support a raft of transport measures across the county to help make it easier to get to and from places of work and leisure.

We are committed to encouraging smarter forms of connectivity to reduce congestion through sustainable transport measures and 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. 

Hatfield Train Station

Meeting future energy needs

We are 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, which is made up of 11 LEPs and their local authorities and was launched in April 2018. The Hub aims to coordinate members' efforts and resources to achieve the ambitions set out in the Local Energy East Strategy.

Strategic Infrastructure Board Papers