Future of Letchworth Consultation
Letchworth Garden City is likely to grow in the future. The North Herts Local Plan includes policies meaning that Letchworth will change over coming years, including growth in the amount of housing in the town.
Our Local Housing Study explored housing within Letchworth and found that there is a need for additional housing. We undertook a more recent Housing Needs Study, involving a survey sent to every resident in Letchworth, which further highlighted the need for housing.
The Heritage Foundation is committed to planning for sustainable growth – in line with Garden City Principles. We want to support opportunities for new housing, local investment and improvements to local infrastructure. Yet, we cannot do this alone and need your help.
Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our Future of Letchworth Consultation to date. We've been having engaging conversations, asking what it’s like to live in Letchworth, what can improve the town, how it might change and the areas of key importance to residents. We're very much continuing the conversation, so please find out more about how to get involved further.
Phase One Consultation
Phase One of the consultation ran between Autumn 2018 and the end of 2018. During this time, we set out to gain feedback on emerging themes of importance in relation to life in our unique town, with a broad focus on housing, transport, design and the economy.
We delivered newsletters to each household in Letchworth about the consultation and how to get involved. The newsletter can be found here.
We held the following pop-up events and enjoyed speaking to many local people who came to visit us:
- Standalone Farm – Saturday 27th October 2018
- Arts and Crafts Festival, Leys Avenue – Saturday 3rd November 2018
- The Arcade – Thursday 15th November 2018
- Eastcheap – Tuesday 20th November 2018
- Broadway Cinema – Monday 3rd December 2018
We attracted over 1,500 visitors to our interactive letchworthgardencity.commonplace.is website, mapping local feedback and suggested improvements for specific localities within the town.
With partners, we researched the housing needs of local people and were delighted to receive nearly 500 responses. Thank you for feeding back.
Please click on the Future Growth of Letchworth Report button below to read what we learnt following Phase One of our consultation.
Phase Two Consultation
We are now in Phase Two of our consultation. This is providing an ideal opportunity to discuss, in more detail, the sites in the Heritage Foundation's ownership allocated for new housing in North Hertfordshire District Council’s Local Plan. We are also further exploring key topics of importance raised during Phase One of the consultation, in particular transport and ecology and environment.
We are really keen to receive as much feedback as possible from the community in relation to our proposals, particularly the following key subjects:
- LG1 Land North of Letchworth
- LG3 Land East of Talbot Way and Kristiansand Way
- Development Plans - Transport
Please click on the Get Involved in our Phase Two Consultation button below to find out more about how to feed in your views.
In the Autumn, working with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), we launched a design ideas competition called, ‘Re-Imagining the Garden City’.
We received 95 entries, which were shortlisted down to a final four designs.
Over 300 of you visited the exhibition of our design entries and voted to help us in choosing a winner.
You can still visit the Design Competition pages to view the proposals, designs and visions for modern Garden City living and housing. Even though the judging process is now complete, we still welcome your comments on the shortlisted entries. This will help us understand your views on the key aspects which should be included in future development proposals.