A total of 264 buildings and pieces of land in Hertfordshire are currently unused or derelict, new figures have revealed.

The numbers were revealed following a Freedom of Information Request (FOI) made to Hertfordshire County Council on Wednesday, January 10.

East Herts has the most unused land or buildings, with 85 locations listed, while Stevenage has the least with just 11.

Hertfordshire County Council told this newspaper that there is no single answer for why the areas are unused.


A spokesperson for the local authority commented: "Some are small pieces of verge land, some are small areas of woodland, there are a few roadway/pathways, and then there are some larger sites that are being held for either future service use or future development."

The number of unused areas for each district is as follows:

Broxbourne – 12 
Dacorum – 21 
East Herts – 85 
Hertsmere – 26 
North Herts – 32 
St Albans – 18 
Stevenage – 11 
Three Rivers – 23 
Watford – 19 
Welwyn/Hatfield – 17