Neighbourhood Plan submitted to North Hertfordshire District Council
Thank you to everyone who responded to last summer’s consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan, and to those who have attended our public meetings and events. We have tried hard to take into account as many suggestions as possible, and at our last public meeting on 25th November it was agreed that the plan should now be submitted to North Hertfordshire District Council.
Following final checks, the plan was submitted to NHDC just before Christmas 2019. We expect the draft plan to be discussed at a meeting of North Hertfordshire’s Cabinet on 28 January 2020, after which the District Council will publicise that the plan has been submitted, invite any further views and appoint a suitably qualified person to conduct an independent examination of the Neighbourhood Plan. We will keep you updated as things move forward.
These are the documents which have been submitted to North Hertfordshire:
- The covering Submission letter to NHDC
- The draft Neighbourhood Plan
- Design Guidelines – that form part of the Neighbourhood Plan
- Evidence Report (this explains more about how the plan has been produced, including the points made during the consultation exercise and how they have been responded to)
- SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) screening determination
- Map of the Neighbourhood Area – Baldock, Bygrave and Clothall
- Landscape & Visual Appraisal of the land between Baldock and Bygrave
The NHDC Local Plan Inspector – has asked NHDC for additional comments
relating to Number of Houses and Green Belt (see Inspectors letter – ED166 LP Inspector letter to NHDC on 9 July 2019 . This letter can be found in the NHDC – local-plan-examination-documents , with the NHDC response.
No dates have been set for the further NHDC hearings, however this will delay the publication of the final NHDC Local Plan.
We are continuing with the Draft Baldock, Bygrave & Clothall Neighbourhood Plan, for submission to NHDC for review.
Baldock, Bygrave & Clothall Planning Group – Background
This group (BBPlan) was created to enable residents, businesses and community groups in Baldock, Bygrave and Clothall to influence the conservation, enhancement and future development of the area, including proposals that come forward through the District Council’s Local Plan.
The Neighbourhood plan does not seek to duplicate work already included in the Local Plan. It focuses on specific interests of the local community that have been identified through our events and last year’s community survey. If successful at a referendum, the plan will be used by NHDC alongside the Local Plan to manage development in the area, and provide a basis for wider actions to enhance Baldock, Bygrave & Clothall.
Why a Neighbourhood Plan is needed
Baldock, Bygrave & Clothall share a lot of history and form a thriving community. Baldock has excellent schools, a successful High Street and a strong community spirit. Since the building of the bypass a lot of work has been done to enhance the centre of the town. With the ever increasing pressure to find new sites for housing, North Hertfordshire District Council has proposed the development of land around Baldock that has previously been considered unsuitable (some of which straddles the boundaries between Baldock, Bygrave & Clothall).
Whatever happens with this, it is important that any sites that are allocated for development are planned in the best way possible, that the impacts are managed and that every opportunity is taken to maximise any benefits that can be secured for the town and parish. The local community are well placed to understand those issues and develop a new vision for Baldock, Bygrave & Clothall that addresses local concerns.
So what is a neighbourhood plan?
In summary it provides a vision and policies for an area, produced and endorsed by local people, and which – once finalised – has equal weight to the District Council’s Local Plan as a framework for considering future development. It provides an opportunity to set out what is important about the area, how it might grow and improve, and specific policies that planning applications need to be assessed against (e.g. on design, green space, provision for pedestrians and cyclists, parking, etc). There are some limits on what it can do. It cannot override the ‘strategic’ policies in the District Council’s local plan (such as those on the overall scale of growth), but it can nevertheless be an important means of influencing the final outcome.
The Group needs as many members and support as it can possibly have. We urge all Bygrave, Baldock and Clothall Residents to get behind this initiative. For more details, please contact email@example.com
The current committee is made up of:-
Rev’d Andrew Holford Chair
Michael Bingham Technical Consultant
Rob Hemmings Treasurer
Philip Hills Bygrave Parish Council Chair
Rachel Kelley Clothall (with Luffenhall) Parish
Stephen Proops Technical Communication Manager
Albert Sillwood Secretary
Adrienne Waterfield Project Manager
Christine Watson Community Liaison Coordinator
All members above stood for election in November 2019 and were re-elected. However in order to keep the group going we would very much welcome new volunteers.
Constitution of the Group –
set out in the pdf document – BBPlan Constitution