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[April newsletter]

Stevenage has secured £37.5m to support its ambitious town centre plans (SG1 Mace)

Hertfordshire is building back better

We are delighted that Stevenage is to receive £37.5m as part of the £1 billion funding for a further 45 towns in England through the Towns Fund. This funding would not have been possible without the tremendous partnership working of a number of our Growth Board partners and will provide an “unprecedented opportunity to revitalise the town”.

This was part of a raft of measures in the Budget, including the publication of the Government's Build Back Better: Plan for Growth and £4.8 billion UK-wide Levelling Up Fund prospectus which provides guidance for local areas on how to submit bids.

The Budget also unveiled plans for the creation of the National Infrastructure Bank and a taskforce designed to stimulate housebuilding using modern methods of construction (MMC), backed by £10m of government funding. A fuller update on the Budget can be found here.

Over the past 12 months we have all been on a journey leading Hertfordshire's collective response to COVID-19 and our recovery from it. We will continue to take our three ambitious priority themes forward over the next 12 months:

      Economic Recovery, performance and resilience: to ensure that
Hertfordshire is ready to bring greater investment into the county (from
both public and private sources);

      Working together to deliver the homes that Hertfordshire needs:
informed by discussions with Government on accelerating
housing delivery;

      Future Hertfordshire: focusing on digital, health and well-being,
climate, carbon and sustainability.

The pandemic has demonstrated the roles we all play in the lives and well-being of our residents. Our new governance arrangements means that we can co-opt non-voting members onto the Board and broaden our membership of the Growth Board to include other agencies such as health, education and transport. As we broaden our reach, I look forward to extending our partnership working in the future.

Patsy Dell
Director, Hertfordshire Growth Board – Director Hertfordshire Growth

You can view the recording of the livestreamed HGB meeting on 30th March and all Linked Documents here.

News and Partner Updates

Offsite Manufacturing to accelerate the delivery of new homes in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire's leading organisations are committing to sustainable housebuilding, which will see the county use offsite manufacturing (OSM) and modern methods of construction (MMC), to accelerate the delivery of sustainable homes. An informal consortium of nearly 20 housing providers, led by Watford Community Housing and supported by Herts Innovation Quarter, Hertfordshire Growth Board and Hertfordshire LEP, has committed to scale up its use of OSM methods to speed up the progress of the county's target to build 100,000 new homes by 2036, and enable the county to meet its net zero carbon targets. Read the full story here.

£23.5m in total secured to tackle climate change in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire County Council has successfully secured a further £8.5m of funding from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, managed by Salix Finance, to help fight the climate change emergency in the county. The county council's success in securing a second and third application from this scheme brings its total funding to £23.5m. Some of the many projects include the installation of solar panels across 128 council owned buildings, the installation of an air source heat pump across our Mundell's estate and the delivery of improved cavity wall insulation across a further 15 school sites.

Contracts complete for £171m investment in Harlow Gilston Garden Town

Contracts have now been signed and completed to release £171m of government funding for the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town (HGGT) project. The original bid was led by Hertfordshire County Council on behalf of local authority partners Essex County Council, East Herts, Epping Forest and Harlow District Councils, the Harlow Gilston Garden Town under the Harlow Gilston Garden Town Partnership, supported by leading affordable homes-led placemaker, Places for People. The successful bid was confirmed in the 2020 budget, with funding from Homes England and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, under the Housing Investment Grant. The partnership can now start to deliver on its commitments of 20,000 new homes across the Garden Town by 2040, including 10,000 new homes in the Gilston Area Allocation with at least 3,000 in place by 2033, together with employment and new community facilities. Find out more about the Harlow & Gilston Garden Town project.

Events and Sponsorship

Building Futures Design Excellence award winner 2018- Garden Avenue/Furzen Crescent, Hatfield

Building Futures Conference & Awards 2021

Nominations for the 2021 Hertfordshire Building Futures Awards are now open. The 2021 Building Futures Awards is open to entries from 22nd February until 14th May. Winning schemes will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony on 21st October at Knebworth Barns.

Projects can be nominated under one or more of the four award categories:

      Design Excellence

      Most Sustainable Construction

      Retrofit for the Future

      Project of the Year

Schemes must be located in Hertfordshire and completed between 28th April 2018 and 21st February 2021. Find out how you can nominate and meet the Building Future judges here. Register your interest for the 2021 awards and conference.

Dates for the Diary

Our next Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday 22 June 2021. 16.30 - 18.30. If you wish to attend this meeting in an electronic capacity, a news story with a link to this meeting will be hosted here in due course.

Keep updated with our progress:


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