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Hertfordshire: prepared to pioneer, ready to do the difficult, to build on success and shape a future of opportunity…

Creating a strong sense of place: Stevenage (CGI)

Future townscape: View of TJX Europe Head Office from Clarendon Road, Watford (CGI)

Future townscape: View of TJX Europe Head Office from Clarendon Road, Watford (CGI)

Elevated shot of busy Cassiobury Park, Watford (CGI)

Sustainable communities: Cassiobury Park, Watford (CGI)

Good growth: Aerial view of Hemel Hempstead

Good growth: Aerial view of Hemel Hempstead

Hertfordshire’s Vision for Good Growth

Hertfordshire is a thriving, ambitious and forward-thinking county. These qualities underpin our shared Vision for making our economy, communities and places even stronger and the six Missions that will deliver the widest benefits for us all. Together we can tackle some of today’s challenges and create opportunities for tomorrow. 

Our Vision

  • A vibrant and resilient economy that seizes the right opportunities, enabling Hertfordshire’s residents and
    businesses to succeed.
  • Healthy, inclusive, safe and better-connected communities who thrive, and enjoy Hertfordshire’s quality of life.
  • A place that grows responsibly, and celebrates its heritage, diversity, rural and green landscapes that makes Hertfordshire special.

Our Missions

World Class Economy
World Class Economy
Enhance Hertfordshire’s reputation as a world-class economy by improving skills and job opportunities for residents, growing our key sectors and accelerating business investment into the county.
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Every Hertfordshire resident has access to best-in-class connectivity, essential digital skills and the device or support that they need to be online by 2030.
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Deliver a safe and integrated transport system which unlocks growth and enables communities and businesses to thrive.
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By 2050, Hertfordshire will be a prosperous, low carbon economy with a thriving natural environment, having maximised the benefits of sustainable growth for our residents and businesses, and achieved net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
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By 2040, Hertfordshire’s residents and communities will benefit from neighbourhoods that are designed and regenerated with physical health, mental wellbeing, safety and social connectedness at the heart.
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To deliver the right homes, including increasing the provision of social/affordable and specialist homes, in the right locations and with associated infrastructure, to support the county’s socio-economic prosperity.
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Only in Hertfordshire

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Elstree Studios is the birthplace of Star Wars. 
All eight of the Harry Potter films were filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden (WBSL).

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The world's very first satellite that can monitor the planet's winds called Aeolus was built in Stevenage

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The world's first jet airliner was the British de Havilland DH 106 Comet, developed by de Havilland at Hatfield Aerodrome

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The first modern roundabout was built in Letchworth Garden City in 1909

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The oldest agricultural research station in the world, Rothamsted Research, is in Harpenden.

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Hertfordshire is the home of the Garden City Movement, based on the ideas of its founder Ebenezer Howard

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Stevenage was the first designated New Town in 1946

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The first 18-hole golf course was built at Therfield Heath, Royston, in 1892 but evidence suggests golf was played on the Therfield chalk hills as early as 1624.

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The oldest pub in the world is Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans which dates back to the eighth century.