Climate change strategy

Local Strategies and Partnerships

How Hertfordshire is battling Climate change.

The Hertfordshire Forward partnership of public, private and voluntary bodies sets five priorities, including healthy citizens and high quality environment.

The Hertfordshire Growth Board proposition has three themes to create a long-term infrastructure partnership, growth delivery programme and place narrative and six policy programmes, including to tackle climate change and ensure the benefits of growth are shared through community wealth building.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is a partner of the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP), which has members from Hertfordshire County Council, all 10 local district and borough councils and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). This is a strategic partnership which aims to share information, coordinate and influence solutions, and bring forward proposals for interventions around climate change and sustainability across Hertfordshire. The key focus for HCCSP is working in partnership and developing joint programmes that are beyond the scope of individual authorities.

The Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Planning Partnership brings together public sector partners to develop countywide planning and infrastructure policies and actions.

The Hertfordshire Waste Aware Partnership brings together public sector partners to develop countywide policies and actions for dealing with waste. Its Municipal Waste Management Strategy prioritises reuse and sets a target for 50% recycling, which has consistently been achieved in recent years. When combined with composting and energy generation, only 15 tonnes out of every 100 tonnes produced by the county's households goes to landfill.

The Submitted Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan sets a target to build 12,000 new homes and 116,000 sqm of new employment floorspace over the next 15 years. It contains policies to control the sustainability of development, including higher densities around transport hubs, priority for pedestrians and cyclists, space for nature, protect and enhance environmental assets and sustainable construction principles for materials, waste, water and energy.

The Hertfordshire Local Transport Plan recognises that our dependence on cars and driving is having serious environmental consequences and that the future strategy cannot be to build more roads. It therefore focuses its policies and resources on getting more people to walk, cycle and use public transport as well as better technology to reduce vehicle congestion and pollution.

The Hertfordshire Intalink Partnership brings together public sector partners and rail and bus operators to promote passenger transport services as an integrated network and to provide coordinated information on services.

The Welwyn Hatfield Parking Strategy includes support for electric vehicle charging points in both council and privately-owned car parks.

The Hertfordshire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy seeks to understand flood risk from surface water, watercourses and groundwater sources and identify actions that will be taken to manage it. For Welwyn Hatfield it identifies that about 6,000 properties are a 1-in-100 medium risk and about 2,500 properties are a 1-in-30 high risk by virtue of lying within a modelled flood zone.

The Peer Challenge 2019 set the Council the challenge to develop a clear long-term place narrative to describe how the borough and its towns and village will look and feel in the future. This is currently happening alongside an update of the three year Business Plan and medium term Financial Plan. It will very likely include actions to help our communities to recover from the impact of coronavirus and adapt to the challenges of climate change.

The Welwyn Hatfield Business Plan will set out the Council's projects and targets over the coming three years, to help deliver services and to achieve the long-term place narrative.

The Hertfordshire State of Nature Report explores the county's wildlife over the past 50 years.  It observes that "nature is a vital part of our physical and mental wellbeing and creating a wilder Hertfordshire should be important for everyone".  It identifies that 1,500 out of nearly 11,000 species recorded in the county are of conservation concern, that grasslands and heathlands are a particularly threatened habitat, that some wetlands are fragile and that urban conservation is equally important.