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

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Creating a strong sense of place: Brookfield Riverside (CGI), Broxbourne

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)

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Sustainable communities: Cassiobury Park, Watford (CGI)

Good growth: Aerial view of Hemel Hempstead

Good growth: Aerial view of Hemel Hempstead

Get ahead of change

Hertfordshire Growth Board is the way the county is now working together to manage future growth and support economic recovery. Our ambition is to continually improve life for everyone. This means we are committed to creating happy, healthy, green communities so that everyone can feel they belong in Hertfordshire and can benefit from its success. It means making places that contribute to people’s health, happiness and well-being without compromising the future or our environment. It means ensuring that Hertfordshire continues to contribute to the UK and national economy while developing a sustainable local economy for the benefit of all of its residents. 

Together we can tackle some of today’s challenges and create opportunities for tomorrow. 

Our ambition
To continually improve life for everyone

Our vision
Happy, healthy, diverse communities who feel they belong and get more out of life. A place that grows without compromising the character that makes it special. An economy and infrastructure that puts Hertfordshire people first.

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Only in Hertfordshire

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

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

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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.

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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).

Latest news and projects

Already a home of world firsts, skills offer can ensure Hertfordshire remains a pioneer
Already a home of world firsts, skills offer can ensure Hertfordshire remains a pioneer
Hertfordshire forum for development and construction building momentum
Hertfordshire forum for development and construction building momentum
Clean Growth programme to help power the green economy in Hertfordshire
Clean Growth programme to help power the green economy in Hertfordshire
Residential development in Watford
New guide shows Hertfordshire laying groundwork for modern construction methods
Stevenage life sciences cluster
Life sciences industry panel to grow Herts key sector and deliver nationwide benefits
Sustainability: The Path to Net Zero
Hertfordshire’s commitment to sustainability
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Hertfordshire Growth Board – 14 June
Town and Country Planning Association Healthy Homes Campaign
The Healthy Homes Campaign – why is this so important for Hertfordshire?
Sustainable growth
Hertfordshire leaders working together to lead a ‘green recovery’
Aerial view of Hemel Hempstead
Hertfordshire Growth Board: a story told in six parts
West Herts College
Hertfordshire to lead sustainable challenge by attracting new talent into offsite construction
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November Bulletin
HIDB at Brocket Hall
First meeting held as Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Development Board story continues to grow
HGB to sponsor Building Futures awards
Hertfordshire Growth Board to sponsor 2021 Building Futures Awards
Accelerating delivery: Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Development Board (HIDB)
Creation of Development Board will help to ensure best possible growth for Hertfordshire
MRT Vehicle: A414
Introducing the Hertfordshire-Essex Rapid Transit (HERT)
Cllr Richard Roberts
Meet Hertfordshire Growth Board Chair
Let's Keep the Heart in Hertfordshire campaign
Hertfordshire Growth Board to champion the ‘Let’s Keep the Heart in Hertfordshire’ campaign
Green growth: Getty Images
Hertfordshire is proactively encouraging the growth of new, low carbon industries
St Albans Market
Ten point checklist to support safe return to Hertfordshire high streets
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April Bulletin
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Hertfordshire LEP celebrate a decade of delivery
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Contracts complete for £171m investment in Harlow Gilston Garden Town
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Hertfordshire Growth Board – 30 March 2021
Stevenage Town Investment Plan (SG1, Mace)
The Build Back Better Budget
Mehron Kirk
Meet the Building Futures Judges
Building Futures Design Excellence award winner 2018- Garden Avenue/Furzen Crescent, Hatfield
Nominations for the 2021 Hertfordshire Building Futures Awards are now open
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February Bulletin
Hertfordshire Growth Board: 26th January
2021: A new era of openness for growth
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December Bulletin
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