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South Bend has great potential. Its location, previous use and local need all point it becoming a useful and beneficial part of the district.

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Nominated site

Following an application in 2023, the site is being assessed as part of TRDC's Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment. The outcome should be known in 2026 when adoption of the new Local Plan is expected.

Previously developed

A large proportion of the site has been previously developed, as shown on this Ordnance Survey map (used by TRDC's GIS website). For many years, the area of developed land has exceeded the area granted planning permission.

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Transport links

South Bend is almost opposite Kings Langley railway station. Junction 20 of the M25 is less than a mile away by road. The location is excellent for sustainable transport options.

Local need

Multiple reports have shown a shortage of employment space in the area:

TRDC is currently consulting on its Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment.

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Visually contained

To the north, mature trees obscure views from neighbouring houses. To the east, the mainline railway rises above the site, with mature trees beyond. The south is bordered by mature vegetation and the M25 viaduct. Only the westerly aspect is open, although no dwellings overlook the site.

Green Belt release

In the 2023 Local Plan consultation, TRDC accepts the need for Green Belt release to meet local needs. 2,385 new homes are proposed on such sites.

To meet its Government housing target, TRDC say that 9,000 homes would need to be built in the Green Belt.

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