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.
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). ”
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.
Travelling around some areas in Bengeo can be frustrating, particularly recently. Certain times of day and specific areas have issues that members of the Transport Working Group are keen to address.
Our work is based on the objectives previously agreed as priorities by the working group following the survey and first exhibition. We hope to encourage developments that will improve air quality locally and improve the health and wellbeing of local people.
We will be looking at ideas from A414 Corridor Strategy currently out for consultation and any Sustainable Travel Town Plans that might be adopted.
We are developing policies around the future impact of new developments in the ward on traffic. We are keen to encourage walking, cycling and green travel plans. We plan to consider parking issues both for residents and related to use of Hertford North Station.
We are preparing draft policies and project plans for consultation at the 2nd exhibition in March.
Bengeo Ward has wonderful green spaces, rivers, woodlands, paths and panoramic views which we’re keen to preserve, protect and improve. Utilising feedback from the Neighbourhood Plan Survey and the first public exhibition in July, our Working Group have now developed draft policies and action plans. These have been set out in a draft chapter for the Neighbourhood Plan.
These policies and plans will support our group’s key objectives and address issues, specific to Bengeo Ward, on nature conservation, air quality improvement, outdoor play and recreation, green travel, and valuing, improving and protecting all aspects of our natural environment and special green spaces.
We’re now refining and strengthening our policies and action plans in readiness for a second public exhibition in the New Year.
Hertford’s oldest building – St Leonards Church in Bengeo – is currently hosting a local history exhibition entitled “Bengeo: A century of change 1840 to 1940”.
A similar exhibition four years ago proved highly popular and many people asked for it to be put on again, so the parish has taken the opportunity to use the church before it opens for its summer season. It will be open on 5th, 6th an 7th May, 12th, 13th,19th and 20th May from 10am to 4pm, with free entry.
Whilst the main focus will be on the years of huge growth and change 1840 to 1940 there will be some information going back further.
There will be a large selection of then and now photographs comparing postcards and images from the past to what is there now.
There will also be information on the history of individual roads and some more prominent houses for those who live within the parish of Bengeo but its hope will also be of interest for visitors from the surrounding area as well.
Bengeo Neighbourghood Area Plan together with Hertford Town Council are inviting all residents of Bengeo ward to complete a survey to give your views about how you want the area you live in to evolve over the next 15 years. This is a chance to shape policies which will emerge over the coming months from an analysis of community feedback (such as this survey) and feasibility assessment.
Please visit www.lovebengeo.org.uk for more information (including a Bengeo ward map). The survey is open to Bengeo ward residents aged 10 or over. It is important that each household completes the survey, and individual members of your family may complete their own responses if they wish. The deadline for completing the survey is 18 March.
Tarmac ecological houses proposal on the land off the Sacombe Road (past Vicarage Lane) is now officially called The Waterford Wick. If you are interested to find out more about the most recent developments with the proposal – there is a stakeholder meeting in Bengeo Parish Church Hall for Wednesday 17th January – for a meeting from about 18:30 – 20:00 hrs.