Hertford Civic Society is a charity which has since 1969 acted as a focus for residents interested in shaping the future of the town.




* To stimulate the interest of residents in the quality of the environment in Hertford and the surrounding area and to maintain its character as a small market town.

* To encourage central and local government, companies and private individuals to adopt high standards of architectural design, town planning and management of the environment.

*To encourage appropriate development, improvement and conservation so that we and future generations can benefit from the good which we have inherited and safeguard Hertford’s life as a community in which we can live and work.




To find out more about us, our achievements, how we pursue our aims, and what our current activities are, click on ABOUT US.




Garden party


Some 50 members and friends enjoyed this year’s Summer Party held in delightful gardens on the banks of the River Beane. The experiment of holding the event on a Sunday at lunch time seemed to work well and may be repeated. 




Waitrose closed 12 September - click to view


Bircherley Green


Waitrose was the anchor store in this shopping mall in the centre of the town.  Wrenbridge has applied for planning permission for a replacement mall, which is to be considered by EHC Development Control Committee on October 11th 2017.  See

The Society's views on this development can be found here.




Blue Plaques

In the past few months the project to erect blue plaques on buildings of historic importance around the town has been completed, and the Hertford Heritage Trail has now been launched in partnership with the Town Council.  Free leaflets to guide you round the trail are available from the Tourist Office in The Wash, and more information about the plaques project is available here


Unfortunately the plaque installed on Lombard House has been forcibly removed, but we plan to replace it soon.


former Brickfields site


The appeal against the Council’s failure to grant planning permission for a ‘retirement community’ on Green Belt land west of the Town Football Club is now going to a full Public Inquiry instead of being dealt with in writing.  The Inquiry is scheduled to begin on 16 January.  You can see the Society’s submissions here and here.  Anyone can submit comments.  Go to and type 3164362 in the search box (no need to login).


District Plan


An Inspector has now been appointed to examine the District Plan.  For anyone who submitted comments on the Pre-Submission consultation last December, the examination will be the last chance to have your say.  The examination hearings start on Tuesday 3 October and will be held at the Council Chamber in Pegs Lane.

The Society’s representations on the Plan can be found here.  We hope to be present at some of the relevant hearing sessions, and would urge any members who submitted comments in December to consider taking part in the hearings, to ensure that the Inspector gives due weight to local concerns.

If you would like to participate in the Part 1 hearing sessions, you will need to notify the Programme Officer Louise St John Howe by 5pm on Monday 11 September, and also submit any hearing statements by the same date.

Full details can be found at