Alternative Title
settle, settle2010
Dataset Language
The 456 towns and villages in Hertfordshire with 10 or more Residential Address Points, together with their 2007 population figures.

Boundaries are arbitary and have no official status.
Topic Category
Keyword Value: Rural Communities
Originating Controlled Vocabulary: Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary (IPSV)
Keyword Value: Urban Communities
Originating Controlled Vocabulary: Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary (IPSV)

Keyword Value: Land Use
Originating Controlled Vocabulary: GEMET - INSPIRE Spatial Data Themes (GEMET)
Originating Controlled Vocabulary Citation: 2008-12-05
Temporal Extent
2000 / 2009-12
Dataset Reference Date
Date: 2010-03-04
Date Type: Revision
The settlement file is an update to an dataset orinally called "Urban Areas" (created in 1991).

All boundaries have been digitised against master-map (1:1250) at a scale of 1:500. Each boundary should be at a distict master map edge.

In most cases the line has been "re-digitised" by changing the position of the boundary edge from the 2007 settlement file (itself) using the ARCGIS Map Topology tools.

Each existing settlement was checked using the Settlement Boundary Rules.

By using the Map Topology toolset it meant that boundaries that were meant to be coincident (for example Baldock and Letchworth) could really become so. At the same time, the whole process was made faster by the ability to trace along the MasterMap lines themselves.

At the start of the digitising process it had been decided not to include the allotments. These were then added by highlighting where they were on the edge of a settlement and the boundaries re-digitised.

The names of the settlements were checked to ensure that they were all unique. Where this was not the case the highest administrative area's name was added in brackets - i.e. district or civil parish; "Church End (Little Hadham CP)", "Church End (Stocking Pelham CP)" and "Church End (Three Rivers)".

The settlement file was cliped to the 1:10,000 Ordnance Survey BoundaryLine for Hertfordshire County.

Finally, the population of each settlement was estimated. This used the most recent residential AddressPoint file for the county (2009-12) and the 2007 Mid-Year Population Figures.

IPR: Ordnance Survey
Product: MasterMap
Date: 2013

IPR: Hertfordshire County Council's Intellectual Property Rights
Bounding Coordinates
West Bounding Longitude: -0.76
East Bounding Longitude: 0.22
North Bounding Latitude: 52.10
South Bounding Latitude: 51.58
Vertical Extent
Spatial Reference System
OSGB36 - National Grid of Great Britain
Spatial Resolution
Resource Locator
Maps and Geographic Information - Hertfordshire County Council:
Data Format
Name of Format: ESRI/Shape file, ESRI/SDE
Version of the Format:
Responsible Organisation
Hertfordshire County Council - Corporate GIS Team
Role: Distributor

Amy Malcolm
Trainee GIS Analyst
GIS Team
Corporate Services
Hertfordshire County Council
Tel: 01992 555248
Role: Originator, Principle Investigator
Update Frequency
As Needed
Limitations on Public Access
Copyright Controlled. Use is subject to licence.
Use Constraints
Licensed under the Public Sector Mapping Agreement;

You must use the appropriate Copyright Acknowledgement;

For internal use:
For external use:
For Publicly Available Electronic Copies the following must also be added:
  • The HCC Watermark;
  • The phrase: "Use of this data is subject to terms and conditions." set out in a legible font and conspicuous position must form a clear hyperlink to

This data is supplied without guarantee or any warranty as to the accuracy, currency or completeness, and is provided as is, excluding any warranties of any kind, either express or implied, to the fullest extent permitted by law, including (but not limited to) satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose.
Additional information source
Unique Resource Identifier
Code: HCC.Settlement
Codespace: comm_info
Spatial Data Service Type
Coupled Resource
Resource Type
6 dataset
INSPIRE Data Specifications currently unknown and therefor not tested
Specification: -
Degree: -
Explanation: -
Metadata Date
Metadata Language
Metadata Point of Contact
Hertfordshire County Council - Corporate GIS Team
Review date
Name Long Name Description
settlement Settlement The unique name of the settlement
poly_count Polygon Count The number of polygons that the settlement is made up of
district Main District The District that most of the settlement falls within
dist_count District Count The number of Districts that the settlement falls over
hectares Hectares The area of the settlement in hectares
easting Easting The Easting coordinate of the centroid of the settlement
northing Northing The Northing coordinate of the centroid of the settlement
res_ap Residential Address Points The number of homes within the settlement
popn Population The population (estimated) of the settlement
bound_info Boundary Information Any information about the re-digitising process
OSGB36 National Grid Bounding Coordinates
West: 486000 East: 552000 North: 245000 South: 189000
More Information


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Not currently publicly viewable

Change History

Urban Areas Coverage was created
(Phil Tucker)

Small Revisions Made.
(Steve Bayley)

4 settlements at sub-household threshold level were removed: Braughing Friars, Staines Green, Wandon End, Warrens Green.
Temple Gardens ammended to include 2 additional AP's to meet minimum household level and its area (Ha) updated.
(Steve Bayley)

Dataset Renamed "Settlements"
Braughing Friars re-introduced.
Bragbury End included for the first time (having previously been included as part of Stevenage).
(Steve Bayley)

2008 - 2010
Review Undertaken to re-digitise the settlements shapefile so that it complies with the OS's Positional Accuracy Improvement project.
55 new settlements were digitised
(Amy Malcolm)