Data centre could be built on land in Herts

19 April 2021

Land in Bushey, Hertfordshire, which is currently being used as a car boot sale site, could become the home for a new data centre.

This site has been put forward for redevelopment after Hertsmere Borough Council put out a call for potential new employment sites. The council is currently putting together its local plan which will list sites officers believe are most appropriate for housing and other forms of development.

Earlier this year, the council put out a final call for any new employment sites - with 21 responses received, including an application for Little Bushey Lane. The land being lined up is on the corner of Little Bushey Lane and Aldenham Road, currently used on some weekends for car boot sales.

Property consultants Iceni Projects has put together a planning proposal which would see the green belt nine acre site transformed into a data centre.

The location has been chosen because of its proximity the the National Grid's Elstree 400kV Substation - one of just four substations in the south east of England large enough to accommodate the requirements of a data centre hub.

Fibre optics laid along Little Bushey Lane, connecting to the M1, has also made this an attractive site for this type of development.