Land to the South of Allum Lane is ideally situated to provide a mix of around 250 new homes to help deliver housing needs in the area. This site is in a highly sustainable location which offers many benefits including pedestrian and cycle connections to local facilities and employment in Elstree and Borehamwood including Centennial Park, with excellent links to Central London, Luton, St Albans and other destinations via a short 10 minute walk or a 3 minute cycle to the nearby main line rail station.
The key benefits of the proposals at Land South of Allum Lane, Elstree are as follows:
- Potential to deliver circa 250 new homes ranging in size and tenure including affordable housing.
- Short 10-minute walk from Elstree & Borehamwood station or even shorter cycling time.
- Working with Haven Health, the site would deliver a state-of the-art new build Primary Care Centre. This would deliver at least nine consulting rooms; two treatment rooms including a minor operations facility and accommodate 57 visitor and staff parking spaces. The building will be designed to accommodate a wide range of GP, Community and PCN services in the locality, serving patients of the existing Elstree Surgery, many of whom live on the western side of Borehamwood, as well as providing additional capacity for new patients moving into the Elstree & Borehamwood area.
- Proposals for a 120-unit care facility with much needed elderly nursing care. There is an identified shortfall of care home beds within a 4 mile radius of the site, demonstrating that the needs of elderly residents are currently not being met locally.
- A care facility will help address the urgent need in the local area, with the notable increase in the elderly population with the total number of people aged 65 and over expected to increase by 65% by 2025.
- Incorporating accessible, attractive and sustainable transport options that will help discourage the use of a car and facilitate healthy and active lifestyles.
- New and improved pedestrian and cycle connections between key destinations in Elstree and Borehamwood, creating a fit-for-purpose cycling network, making cycling an attractive preferred choice.
- Creating a Garden Suburb with a range of housing that will benefit from exceptional design quality in a parkland setting.
- Focal green spaces including a gateway entrance off Allum Lane, village green and play space for use by all local residents.
- Creation of two main access points into the site, from Allum Lane, which offers two right-turn ghost islands on Allum Lane that serve the development and the household waste recycling centre.
- Providing significant areas of public open space including a village green and a range of play areas.
- Further strengthening of the green character for the development via the retention of existing woodlands, mature trees and hedgerows within and adjacent to the site.
- Creating green corridors to benefit wildlife and a new durable Green Belt boundary through proposed planting, together with existing areas of woodland.
- A new development to complement the proposed ‘Call for Employment Sites’.
- The site provides an exciting opportunity for the relocation of the Schopwick Surgery to make it more accessible for the patients and more comfortable for the staff.