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Shree Krishna Haveli

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

permission granted haveli
Hertsmere Borough Council Planning Committee have unanimously given consent for an exciting new community facility at Bhaktivedanta Manor, the Shree Krishna Haveli.
The Temple applied to build a two storey building as well as relocating the existing poly tunnels, greenhouses and playground.

Managing Director Gauri das said: “We are exceptionally pleased to receive planning permission. Over many years of work including the development of a planning brief, a public consultation, and one and a half years awaiting a determination, we listened carefully and patiently to local residents concerns.

“In the end the concerns were all addressed and thus the decision unanimous. We are extremely grateful.”

The original planning application was submitted in December 2014 and a number of changes have been made to the application over the past 16 months. Cllr David Lambert, who represents Aldenham West, said: “I am really pleased we have reached this point. It would not have been successful without the work gone in by the officers. It has been a long time coming.

Temple President Srutidharma Das added: “Thank you to our local councillors and Hertsmere Planners, who worked hard to balance the needs of the temple and the local community.
“There could be no win lose decision here, it had to be a win win. We now have permission granted on the Queen’s 90th birthday!”

New planning framework

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Bhaktivedanta Manor Welcomes Council’s New Planning Framework

Hertsmere Borough Council has recognised the special circumstances of the
Bhaktivedanta Manor by adopting a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the site that will guide any future planning applications. The Manor has welcomed this decision. It means any future development will happen in a managed and sustainable way that recognises both the special circumstances of the Manor and the needs of the local community as a whole.

Gauri das, a spokesperson for the Bhaktivedanta Manor, said:

“The Council has recognised the difficult circumstances we face here at the Manor, where our temple of worship and other facilities are severely over-crowded. This decision means we can make plans to improve our facilities in a way that is sensitive to our rural setting and the Grade II listed status of the Manor itself. We are grateful to the Council for the work that has gone into this and to the local community who took part in the consultation process.”

The SPD is not a planning permission. It simply sets the framework within which future planning applications would be considered.

The Planning Brief will not lead to any intensification of use at the site. Any future development would simply be designed to meet current demand from the community and relieve pressures on the Temple and its accommodation. It would result in no additional parking and no overall increase in traffic. Any new building on the site would need to be predominantly single storey and of high quality design.

Public consultation on Manor’s future plans

Friday, August 24th, 2012

We all know how overcrowded the Manor can be sometimes; it’s not just on festival days that people have to sit and eat in the corridors.  So we are pleased to say that Hertsmere Borough Council is putting forward proposals that could help us expand our facilities in future.

The Council has produced a report, called a Planning Brief, which accepts additional space is required to reduce the stress on the Manor building.  It sets out a number of options for introducing a Haveli building on the site.

As Councillor Harvey Cohen, portfolio holder for planning at the Council, has said:

“Bhaktivedanta Manor is an important site for ISKCON and the borough of Hertsmere with huge cultural, religious and historical significance. This planning brief aims to forge a path forward that will meet the needs of ISKCON, residents of Letchmore Heath and the wider community of Hertsmere, and ensure that all future development on the estate is sustainable and suitable.”

The Council’s Planning Brief is not a planning application.  It deals with the principles of development rather than the specifics.  But it should set a framework within which we can expand the facilities and reduce overcrowding in a sustainable way.  We are grateful for the support of the Council in bringing the proposals forward.

A public consultation on the proposals will now run from 9 July until 10 September.

See the Planning Brief and respond to the consultation by going to the following page.

You can also contact the planning team by emailing

There is no intention to intensify our use of the Manor and any future planning application would simply be designed to meet current demand from our community. This is an exciting opportunity to ensure our important spiritual site can meet our needs while recognising the constraints imposed by the listed manor building and our green belt location.

Consultation Documents

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Bhaktivedanta Manor is recognised as a site of special religious significance. In recent years a number of planning applications have been submitted in response to the pressures faced by our community. The needs of our community are outlined in the draft planning brief and set out in more detail in the supporting documentation, which can be downloaded from this page.

1. Draft Planning Brief

2. Supporting Document

Write your personal response to the Draft Planning Brief:

By email:

By mail:

Policy and Transport Team,
Planning and Building Control Unit,
Hertsmere Borough Council,
Civic Offices,
Elstree Way,
Herts WD6 1WA

If you would like to use the Council’s response form you can download it here.