Verger’s House Response

A planning application has been submitted to East Herts District Council for the  conversion of St Nicholas Hall and the School Room and the first floor of the Verger’s House from A1 (retail) to C3 (residential) use to provide one self-contained dwelling and one first floor residential flat. There are no proposed changes to the retail frontage along St.Andrew Street.

Photo of The Verger's House in St.Andrew Street

St.Andrew Street falls within Bengeo ward and the BNAP Community Steering Group has issued a response to the proposals.

We broadly welcome the proposals in this planning application, subject to them being consistent with the policies in the draft Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan, and with relevant Local Plan, Conservation Area and Listed Building policies and guidelines.

Read our full response here

The public consultation closes on 8th October 2020.

Hartham Leisure Centre Consultation

Hartham Leisure Centre is within the Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan (BNAP) boundary. On the 15 October 2019, the BNAP Community Steering Group submitted a response to the initial Hartham Leisure Centre planning application (3/19/1882/FUL).

On the 8th January 2020 the Development Control Committee of East Herts District Council voted to defer a decision on the planning application to enable Officers to liaise with the applicant in respect of the visual impact and the sustainability of the proposed development.

Substantially revised plans have now been published and a public consultation launched.

We welcome the proposals outlined in this consultation to:

  • integrate a ‘living wall’ on the south side of the building
  • recycle masonry from the old building within the gabions and surrounding landscape
  • aim to achieve an ‘excellent’ BREEAM sustainability accreditation

In our response to the original planning application, we expressed concern about the exterior design of the proposed extension, particularly its impact on the surrounding landscape. The inclusion of a ‘living wall’ in the revised design should go some way towards softening this impact and, as such, we consider it to be an improvement on the initial design. More, however, could be done to ensure the external appearance of the building sits well within its Green Belt setting, and alongside the proposed refurbished Hartham play area.

We look forward to the publication of the revised planning application and will submit a response to it.

Make your views known

East Herts District Council consult residents on the neighbourhood plan

The new consultation now taking place (up to the 10th of September) is a part  of the statutory process under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the consultation period will run for 8 weeks to take account of any disruption caused. All documents relating to the consultation are available online at the East Herts website:
https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/planning-building/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning-activity-east-herts/hertford-bengeo-ward

The comment form is available directly from the link below:
https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/planning-building/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning-activity-east-herts/neighbourhood-plan-online-comment-form

Please take this opportunity to comment on the plan if only to agree with it. It is important that people take part so that the feedback truly reflects opinion in Bengeo.

If you have any questions please do contact us directly on chair@lovebengeo.org.uk

Alternatively visit the Love Bengeo Facebook Group.

Bircherley Green Response

We have submitted a response to the planning application by Chase New Homes for the mixed-use redevelopment of Bircherley Green in the town centre, including up to 4,694 sqm of retail floorspace, an 86-bed hotel and 70 residential flats.

We generally welcome the proposed development which will hopefully provide long term benefits for residents and visitors

Read our full response

Update 16th September 2020: Planning permission has since been granted for the redevelopment of Bircherley Green.

Response to proposed new homes in Fanshawe Street

Following a planning application to build two detached houses at the rear of 41 Fanshawe Street, we have sent a response to the local planning authority listing our concerns about the proposals.

These concerns centre of the view of the development from Beane Marshes and the impact on the amenity and privacy of residents

Read our full response

Update:  Planning permission was refused by East Herts District Council on 30th March 2020 by reason of overdevelopment and insufficient parking.

Draft Plan submitted


Today, Hertford Town Council submitted the updated Neighbourhood Plan (Submission Draft – Regulation 15) to EHDC. The Consultation Statement and Basic Conditions Statement were also submitted.

The Plan will now go through an EHDC consultation (Regulation 16) followed by an independent examination. Final revisions to the Plan may be required before a public referendum.

Separately, consultation responses are being submitted on the the County Council’s Rail Strategy, the District Council’s Affordable Homes consultations and the County Council’s Sustainable Travel Town programme. We have also met with a HCC Rights of Way officials to discuss local foot and cycle paths, and are meeting EHDC officials to discuss our proposal for a community garden.

Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan Submission Draft (Regulation 15)

Consultation Statement

Basic Conditions Statement