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Welcome to the website of the Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan.

Hertford Town Council and Bengeo Neighbourhood Plan steering committee have recently published the pre-submission draft of the Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan.

The planning process started in 2017 after it was agreed that designated area of the plan would be Bengeo District Ward. The designation was confined at East Herts Council Executive Committee on 27 June 2017. Hertford Town Council then started the process of developing a Neighbourhood Plan.

Discussions and consultations took place with residents, land owners, developers, businesses, organisations, and working groups researched  and formulated policy areas for the plan. Some of the working groups focus on:

  • Homes & Development
  • Natural Environment & Green Spaces
  • Culture & Community
  • Transport & Traffic
  • Business

Public Consultation

We held a public public consultation at Millmead School on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2019. See our news page for more details.

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More About Bengeo

Find out more about Bengeo on Wikipedia

Click here for a map of Bengeo Ward from Mapit UK

Some useful statistics about the Bengeo Ward from Qpzm LocalStats

About

Since April 2012 local communities have been able to produce Neighbourhood Plans for their local area, putting in place planning policies for the future development and growth of the neighbourhood. The plan can for instance control where new homes, shops and offices should be built, what those buildings should look like, and what infrastructure should be provided. All the policies in a Neighbourhood Plan must be consistent with the Local Plan (in our case, the District Plan by East Herts District Council). The plan can shape development but it cannot prevent development which is part of the Local Plan.

That having been said, the plan can’t create planning policies in areas that are already under the control of a higher local authority (e.g. transport policy is controlled by the County Council), BUT the output from consultations may produce an action plan that will feed into the planning process of the relevant authority.

For further information on Neighbourhood Planning in general, see the guide published by Locality at http://locality.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Quick-Guide.pdf

News

Final Pre-submission Draft Now Available

The final pre-submission draft of the Bengeo Neighbourhood Plan is now available following approval by the town council’s Development and Leisure Committee at their last meeting on 6th June 2019. Cllr. Sally Newton and Cllr. Peter Ruffles, from the Hertford Town Council’s  BNAP Working Party, kindly attended the meeting and commended the Plan to the …

Community Consultation at Mill Mead School exceeds turnout expectations

Around 220 people visited the Bengeo Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition and Community Consultation at Mill Mead School on Saturday the 23rd of March and Sunday 24th March. This better than expected turnout reflects the deep interest in the community about the neighbourhood plan and worries about the issues that affect the community. Steering Group Chairperson John …

The Planning Process

There are five main stages of setting up a Neighbourhood Plan process:

  1. agreeing a designated area for the plan
  2. developing a vision and objectives for the plan
  3. preparing and creating the plan in consultation with residents and all other interested parties (e.g. businesses, landowners, organisations)
  4. an independent examination to check the plan meets the legislative requirements
  5. a referendum – if the plan gets a majority of those voting, it will be adopted and has statutory force.

Useful Links

Neighbourhood Plans Roadmap Guide + Quick Guide to Neighbourhood Plans (www.locality.org.uk)

Writing Planning Policies by Tony Burton

Neighbourhood planning guidance on government planning portal

National Planning Policy Framework

Neighbourhood Planning Guidance from East Herts Council

The District Plan

The District Plan sets out the planning framework for East Herts for the period of 2011-2033 and will deliver sustainable development. The plan will aim to provide new homes, new jobs, new facilities and infrastructure across the District. It also contains Development Management policies that will be used to determine planning applications.

Chapter Seven of the plan discusses Hertford, including housing development in areas designated HERT1, HERT2 (Mead Land). HERT3 (West of Hertford) , HERT4 (Bengeo) an HERT5 (Mangrove Road).

Click here to view or download Chapter Seven of the East Herts District Plan