Upcoming Events

*  BBPlan Committee (virtual) meeting – date to be confirmed

–  Update following the NHDC public Consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan, and the latest finance position.

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The Local Plan Inspector – Hearings in 2019 & 2020

In July 2019, the Local PLan Inspector Simon Berkeley asked NHDC for additional comments relating to the 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.

In March 2020,  the Inspector announced dates for further NHDC Hearings , these being  from Mon 16th Mar to Thurs 26th Mar 2020.  They were to be held in the Icknield Centre, Letchworth;  the same venue as the previous hearings.  The announcement included Guidance Notes  and the Schedule for Further Matters, Issues and Questions .

Due to the Corona Virus outbreak, these meetings were posponed by the Inspector, Simon Berkeley on 13th March 2020.  See Postponement of Hearing Sessions March 2020 letter to NHDC.

On 16th Aug 20, the Inspector published revised dates ( see email ) for the Local Plan hearing sessions, to be held virtually in September and October 2020.  The email included the following documents –
ED193 Guidance Notes Final 14.8.20
ED194 Further MIQs 14.8.20
ED195 Draft NHDC hearings programme & participants Sept_Oct 2020 V1 15..8

In September 2020 these meetings were delayed due to a call for an Extraordinary Council meeting on 8th October 2020, to discuss the number of houses required and the use of green space.

On Sunday 11th October 2020, an  email  was received from the Inspector, saying the hearings would resume on Monday 23rd Nov 2020, and included a  timetable (with Attendees)  for the meetings.

The hearing sessions will be held ‘virtually’ and will be live streamed on the Council’s YouTube channel.  https://www.youtube.com/c/North-hertsGovUk
They will also be recorded to enable people to listen to the sessions at a later date if they are not able to watch them when they are taking place.   The youtube link will take you to the Council’s YouTube channel for both the live streaming and the recordings.

The proposed hearings are (week one)
Mon 23rd Nov – Matter 21 – Objective Assessment of Housing Need.
Tue 24th Nov – Matter 22 – Supply of Land for Housing
Wed 25th Nov – Matter 22 – Supply of Land for Housing – continued
Thur 26th Nov – Matter 24 – The proposed ‘East of Luton’ sites
Fri 27th Nov –  Unallocated

Week two
Mon 30th Nov –  Unallocated
Tue 1st Dec – Matter 23 – Green Belt Review and Site Selection Process.
Wed 2nd Dec – Matter 23 – Green Belt Review and Site Selection Process – Contd.
Thur 3rd Dec – Matter 25 – new land proposed for sites BK3, SI1,Traveller sites
Fri 4th Dec –  Reserve

Week three
Mon 7th Dec – Matter 25 – new land proposed for sites GA2, WY1, BA2, BA3 & BA4.
Tue 8th Dec – Matter 26 – Villages ‘for Growth’
Wed 9th Dec – Matter 29 – recent changes to Use Classes Order
Wed 9th Dec –  Matter 27 – Water Efficiency & Internal dwelling space standards
Thur 10th Dec – Matter 28 – Modifications from NHDC relating to biodiversity
Fri 11th Dec  –  Unallocated

The hearings will delay the publication of the final NHDC Local Plan.
Meanwhile, we continue with the Draft Baldock, Bygrave & Clothall Neighbourhood Plan, and submitting it to NHDC for review.

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NHDC are Consulting for a second time on the Neighbourhood Plan

The Draft Baldock, Bygrave & Clothall Neighbourhood Plan was accepted at the North Hertfordshire’s Cabinet meeting on Tues 28th January 2020.  NHDC put the Plan on their website for the first Consultation,  which started on  Wed 12th Feb, and ended on Wed 25th March.

NHDC processed all representations received, and made them available to view on their website : https://north-herts.oc2.uk/readdoc/21

NHDC approached NPIERS for the appointment of a suitably qualified person, who conducted an independent examination of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Following the independent examination of the submitted Neighbourhood Plan, North Hertfordshire District Council and the committee of the neighbourhood planning group have agreed that a small number of the examiner’s recommendations should not be taken forward. The District Council is obliged to consult on these departures, and details may be found on NHDC’s Neighbourhood Planning web site .  This second Consultation ends on 18th December 2020

Once the consultation on these departures closes, NHDC will decide whether the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to referendum with these departures from the examiner’s recommendations included or not. The referendum will not be held before May 2021 due to restrictions imposed by the Government as a result of the current pandemic.

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2021 – Herts County Council (HCC) – possible revised planning application

In January 2018, HCC produced a map of possible Baldock Developments (see Below).  It is understood that HCC may produce another revised Map of possible Baldock developments,  in 2021 (depending on the Local Plan hearings and eventual acceptance).

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Future Meetings

Details of future public meetings to be held during the compilation of the Neighbourhood Plan, will be listed on this page.

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* 19 Jan ’18 to 16 Mar ’18 – Herts County Council (HCC) planning applications

This Consultation completed in 2018.  For more details see Activities-so-far page.
Below is the HCC Map of possible Baldock developments, as at January 2018.
–      HCC Possible Baldock development
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Walks around areas of concern / interest.
Further walks may be arranged to walk around other ‘areas of concern’ identified during the Consultation period.  Details of the first two walks can be found on the  Activities so far  page.

Map from NHDC showing the boundary for the –
  Baldock, Bygrave & Clothall Neighbourhood Planning area
the map includes Luffenhall, which is part of Clothall Parish area.
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Details about previous BBPlan Activities can be found on the  Activities so far  page.