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Neighbourhood Plan

Harpenden Town Council has launched its approach to bringing forward a Neighbourhood Plan for Harpenden. These are the pages where you will find up to date information on the project including how you can get involved and help shape the future of the Town.

The Town Council is working with Nexus Planning to support the local community to develop our plan. Our aim is to bring forward a plan for examination by early 2018. Latest update – 2 February 2017.

We are looking for residents to join our themed groups that form part of our governance structure for the project. These groups will cover the five themes set out below and will play a key role in developing a vision for that area of the plan:

  • Housing
  • Transport and Movement
  • Infrastructure & Community Facilities (includes schools)
  • Employment & Retail
  • Environment, Sustainability and Design

Themed Groups will include a mix of Town Councillors and local residents. We are looking for individuals that have relevant skills, knowledge or experience as opposed to representatives of local community groups or societies.

Themed Groups will meet at least monthly between March and December 2017 and will be required to consider papers and proposals in between meetings.

If you would like to get involved in one of the themed groups we would be delighted to hear from you and would encourage you to get in touch with an expression of interest that sets out the following:

  • Your Name and contact details

  • Where you live

  • The themed group you are interested in

  • Details of your relevant skills, knowledge or experience

The initial period for expressions of interest runs until the 17 February 2017.

For more information and to submit your expression of interest please contact, Phil Wright, Projects Officer on or 01582 463665 Ext 207

Background information

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A neighbourhood plan is a community-led planning framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. It is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. Neighbourhood plans set out the community’s views on the development and use of land in their neighbourhood.

A plan can:

  • Set out policies for development and use of land in a specific area

  • Allocate sites for housing and other development

  • Contain development management policies

They can’t:

  • Promote less development than set out in the Local Plan

  • Not be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the Local Plan

The Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan will focus on the following social, economic and environmental themes:

  • Housing

  • Infrastructure and community facilities

  • Transport and Movement

  • Environment, sustainability and design

  • Employment and Retail

How can you get involved?

Community engagement is absolutely essential and we want local people to work with us to influence the creation of the Neighbourhood Plan. There will be lots of ways for you to get involved including through:

  • Open meetings

  • Surveys

  • Social Media

  • Focus groups

  • Themed groups

The pictures below set out the stages we will go through to bring forward our Neighbourhood Plan.


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