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

Draft SEASR Now Available

The draft Strategic Environment Assessment Screening Report is now available.

The introduction states: “This report sets out a draft Screening Determination for the Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan (referred to as the Neighbourhood Plan) and has been prepared for Bengeo Community Steering Group and Hertford Town Council (HTC) by Govresources Ltd. It is based on the Pre-submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan.

“The Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared for Hertford Town Council as the accountable body. The Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated on 27th June 2017 for the Hertford Bengeo Ward. It will help inform planning decisions to 2033.

“The purpose of the screening report is to determine whether the Neighbourhood Plan is likely to have any significant environment effects and so require a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). ”

» View Report (PDF)

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 committee, and Joseph Whelan, the Town Clerk, praised the community’s efforts in producing it.

There will be a public consultation from 15th July to 15th September 2019, with 2 drop-in events on the evening of 14th August and the morning of 7th September.

The summary document is being delivered to every household and business in the ward.

» Neighbourhood Plan (summary)
» Neighbourhood Plan (full)

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 Howson said: “It is very encouraging that so many people came along for the community consultation. It is really important that people express their views so that we can reflect these in the plan. The next stage will be the production of a draft plan, after that people will have another chance to have their say”.

Not surprisingly perhaps, the issues of transport and travel attracted the most interest. We asked all visitors to return feedback forms for comments and to let us know whether they agreed or disagreed with policies. We received 217 completed forms, these contained 756 comments of which 273 or 36% were in response to sustainable travel policies. The key issues on transport were ‘the rat run’ and parking. Visitors were generally supportive of efforts to increase walking and cycling in the area, though concerns over the busyness of roads and safe cycling spaces were expressed. It was also pointed out that cycling up and down Port Hill is off-putting for some residents.

On Natural Environment and Green Spaces we received 171 comments in all the vast majority of which were positive. This was a very pleasing outcome and shows that our Working Group has wide community support. Only a handful of comments to the suggested Local Green Space designation raised objections (generally around land being suitable for other uses).

Community and culture received 105 comments which were mainly very positive and supportive. Protecting local built assets, protected buildings, the arts hub and allotments were common themes. The water tower continues to divide opinion as most people see it as worthy of preservation while others mention it as an eyesore.

Homes and development drew 142 comments, while there were clearly differences of views on brownfield space, most comments on the suggested policies appeared to be positive. Common themes were the need for sustainable homes, adequate space and parking, the need for affordable homes and that new developments should respect the character of the area. Several people objected directly to the development at HERT4.

There were 45 comments on the theme of Business, the vast majority of which were supportive and positive.

We are revising the plan in the light of this feedback and the amended document will be available for comment later in the year.

We would like to thank everybody who took part to make this such a great success!

Links to pdfs of the display are below.

Culture & Community
Business & Enterprise
Homes & Development
Sustainable Travel & Transport
Natural Environment & Green Spaces