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A place for the future

within a 21st Century Park
lady sitting in a park
Bowmans Cross has been identified by Hertsmere Borough Council in the emerging Hertsmere Local Plan as the location for a new community to help meet future housing needs in the local area. The site is part of the Tyttenhanger Estate to the south of Colney Heath, and east of London Colney down to the M25

Urban&Civic – the design and delivery team leading the proposed new community – want to hear your thoughts to help shape our emerging plans.

Online Consultation
Bowmans Cross area from the air

Bowman Cross consultation

The identification of Bowmans Cross forms an important part of a planned pattern of future growth for the local area. The owners of the land, the Tyttenhanger Estate in partnership with master developer Urban&Civic, are working with Hertsmere Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council and key stakeholders to ensure the right plans are developed for this important site. It is vital the plans support a sustainable new community, which respects and enhances the natural environment around it, and works with and for existing communities and new residents alike.

Alongside this, the master developer for Bowmans Cross, Urban&Civic, is keen to introduce the emerging plans for the Bowmans Cross development and engage with local communities to help shape them.

This website has been developed to host Bowmans Cross online consultations. This is our first round of consultation, which will remain up and running until 20 December, but we continue to welcome feedback and thoughts as the plans continue to develop.

To learn more about Bowmans Cross and take part in the online consultation, continue here

Learn more and take part

You can also attend the local drop-in events (see details below)

To comment on the principle of development at Bowmans Cross, visit Hertsmere District Council’s Draft Local Plan consultation and have you say before the 6 December at

Help shape the plans for Bowmans Cross

Urban&Civic’s team will continue to hold events and engage communities over the coming months and years, but this is a critical time for us to share initial thinking and hear the voices of local people:

  • so that local communities can help shape the early vision for Bowmans Cross at this stage of the Local Plan process.
  • to ensure local people have the information they need about the emerging plans to respond effectively to the Local Plan process.
  • and critically, to help the design team shape plans in the right way: responding to local needs and concerns and developing a place, which minimises its impact on all its neighbours and maximises the opportunities for investment in infrastructure, facilities and opportunities that benefit all.
To support this, a series of drop-in events are being held around the development area in November:

South Mimms

London Colney

Saturday, 20 November 2021
11.30am - 5.30pm
Caledon Community Centre, Caledon Road, London Colney AL2 1PU

Colney Heath


Wednesday, 24 November 2021
1.30 - 6.30pm
The Chapel
Porters Park Drive
Shenley WD7 9EZ

We look forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts on the vision and emerging proposals.

Where is Bowmans Cross?

Bowmans Cross is within the redline on the location plan. It extends to approximately 470 hectares and has formed part of the Tyttenhanger Estate for generations. It is located east of London Colney and south east of Colney Heath, and is almost equidistant between the towns of Hatfield, Potters Bar and St Albans.
The proposed site for Bowmans Cross is shown opposite, but less than 50% of the area will be buildings, with green buffers ensuring separation between communities, and extensive green space protecting important spaces for nature and providing open space for people.
bowmans cross location map

What are the proposals?

The exact scale of the development will be set by the Local Plan process, but our proposals would provide no more than 6,000 homes, with up to 2,400 of those supporting local families with affordable homes.

The development would also include:

  • up to 5 primary schools, 2 secondary schools and nurseries
  • a new health centre, pharmacy and additional health and social care services
  • community centres, shops, cafes and other amenities
  • sports pitches, a sports centre and a range of fitness trails within the parkland areas
  • over 30 hectares (74 acres) of new parks and 40 hectares (99 acres) of new woodland and habitats for nature
  • a sustainable transport hub, connecting enhanced bus services, and many miles of new routes for walking, cycling and riding.

What will it be like?

We have high aspirations for Bowmans Cross to craft a rich environment, nestled in nature, providing a zero-carbon and self-sustaining new community. Reflecting on the experiences of the last two years, Bowmans Cross will be a resilient and robust place for 21st Century living and working, supported by investment in nature, in the right infrastructure and putting the health and wellbeing of both residents and neighbouring communities at its heart.

A key part of this will be to embrace and protect key environmental assets: both to ensure a net gain for nature and also for people, by providing opportunities to live in and alongside a 21st Century Park.

Contact us

We want your thoughts and views to help us shape the plans as we establish the vision and take forward designing the development in detail.
Please do come and find out more in person at the exhibitions or online from 19 November. To contact the team or find out more about the proposals, please email us on:
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