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Threat to Aldenham lake and sailing

The planning application can be seen and studied here.

You can comment on the plans through the Hertsmere Council website. The application reference number is 19/1488/FU or enter "reservoir" in the search box. 

Not clear when this facility will close but you can make submissions direct to the council right up to the time of decision though obviously the earlier the better. 

The owners of Aldenham reservoir, where the Aldenham Sailing Club is based, have put in a planning application to Hertsmere Borough Council to build 50 holiday cabins along the eastern shore of the lake, pulling down the sailing clubhouse in the process and reducing the club to a minimal area which could support only residual sailing. As well as the cabins, in effect a hotel, there would be a "hub" complex of buildings with admin offices, a cafe and a boathouse for water sports such as canoeing and paddle boarding, with a 79-bay car park. However, no safety plan for such boating has been offered and this alone is a major defect of the plan. 

We are opposing the plan, on the grounds that it is an inappropriate development for the Green Belt which is not permitted. The applicants claim that it is not, but accept that the council might disagree. In that case, the developers will argue that there are "very special circumstances" under which they can claim an exemption. These circumstances are the funding of the reservoir dam (they would use profits from the project for this) and the public benefit which it is claimed would result from the project.

We reject any link to the funding of the dam which is a separate issue from development on Green Belt land. As for public benefit, we think there will be a considerable public deficit given that the whole eastern shore will be built over with luxury "pods".  These will ruin the peace and quiet of the lake, around which there is a much-loved path used by local people The plan would drastically reduce the land available for the sailing club and for others, like schools and scouts and local companies, who also sail on the lake.  The club’s Commodore Bryan Forbes says: “We would face extinction.” The developers argue that the club is members only and therefore restrictive but membership is open to all and it has never turned anyone down. It is no more restrictive than a cricket club or a Bingo session. 



Working Party 3rd November 2019

Maintaining the club - working parties volunteer twice a year

More photos here 

And a short video here

On the Water 

A reminder of what this is all about - scouts training on Aldenham reservoir.  Photo is from one of the scout leaders Andy Hill. Leo Schalkwyk, in charge of scout sail training, said it was his favourite of recent photos. 


Enterprise Open Day, Sunday 29th September

Many more photos here

And a video here

An afternoon out with the Juniors

We spent Sunday afternoon 22nd September watching Junior Training, led by instructor Barry Steel and with Nick Cooke , Junior Training Coordinator. 


Many more photos here

And a video here

And a reminder of the veterans from 21st August:  photos and a short video

Bart's Bash

On Sunday 15th September, Aldenham Sailing Club played its part in the international racing festival known as Bart's Bash. See race report on left. Bart's Bash commemorates the death of British sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson in an America's Cup training accident in 2013. There is now a foundation in his memory and one of the purposes of the day is to raise funds for this foundation, which supports wider participation in sailing. 



A calm day for Bart's Bash 

More photos

And some new photos here



Sailing on Aldenham reservoir then

And now

And, we hope, in the future...


Paul Reynolds, Publicity Officer 

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