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A proposal was made in 2001 by Hertfordshire County Council to sell off a school playing field of 2 hectares for housing (60 dwellings) to help finance the school expansion programme. The site is in the Metropolitan Green Belt. CPRE Hertfordshire sent an objection letter to the County Schools Committee, and followed this up with a letter to Broxbourne Borough Council as the local planning authority...

A local action group, the Goff's Oak Campaign Against Rural Development (GOCARD), formed to fight the proposal. This group became affiliated to CPRE and was given support and advice.

Conclusion:

The proposal was dropped by the County Council. GOCARD later applied successfully to have the site registered as a village green under the Commons Registration Act 1965.

- Rick Sanderson, CPRE Hertfordshire