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Neighbourhood Plan

Latest Update – 22 June 2016 – Complete the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan Survey online here 

Latest Update – 15 June 2016 – Stage 2 Community Engagement Commences 19 June 2017

The development of the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan is well underway. Every household will soon receive a second survey that gives residents the chance to comment on the draft visions and objectives that have been produced for the plan. 

Please look out for the survey and take the opportunity to submit your views. On top of the survey we are running drop-in sessions on the following dates so come along to have your say and find out more:

  • St Marys Church Hall, Luton Road, AL5 3QE, 4 – 8 pm, Monday 3rd July
  • Southdown Methodist Church, 130a Southdown Road AL5 1PU, 4 – 8 pm, Thursday 6th July
  • Harpenden Town Hall Council Chamber, Leyton Road, AL5 2LX, 4 – 8 pm, Monday 10th July
  • Batford Memorial Hall, Tallents Crescent, AL5 5BS, 4 – 8 pm, Wednesday 12th July

Latest Update – 25 May 2017 – Addition of Baseline Report and updated Engagement 1 Community Engagement Report (addition of demographic data on page 16)

This Baseline Report identifies the key social, environmental and economic characteristics of the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan (HNP) Area, providing a shared resource and reference point for all parties contributing to the preparation of the HNP. The Baseline Report is an evolving document, which may be reviewed in response to new evidence. The Baseline Report can be accessed here.

As part of the process for bringing forward the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan, a public engagement exercise on the key issues for the area was undertaken between 20 March and 18 April 2017. One part of this engagement was a household survey delivered to approximately 13,000 homes. These were completed by an impressive 2,162 members of our community. Three public engagement drop in sessions also took place.  The Stage 1 Engagement Report (draft) can be accessed here. This summarises the views of those who completed the survey and lists the ‘hopes and fears’ of local residents who attended the engagement events

Latest Update – 12 May 2017 – Community Engagement Report – An updated version of this report which now includes the “hopes and fears” of local residents from the three engagement events held in the Neighbourhood Plan Area is available here.

 As part of the process for bringing forward the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan, a public engagement exercise on the key issues for the area was undertaken between 20 March and 18 April 2017. One part of this engagement was a household survey delivered to approximately 13,000 homes. These were completed by an impressive 2,162 members of our community. Three public engagement drop in sessions also took place.  The Stage 1 Engagement Report (draft) can be accessed here. This summarises the views of those who completed the survey and lists the ‘hopes and fears’ of local residents who attended the engagement events.

Further public engagement activities will take place in June and July, and again in October as it is essential that the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan is community led.

Call For Sites – This process closed during April

Latest Update - 20 March 2017 - Call for Sites

The Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan (HNP) launched a ‘Call for Sites’ on 20 March 2017.

This is a request to the local community to identify any new potential development sites within the HNP area boundary that could be considered for housing, employment, education, health, leisure and community or other land uses.  You can view the HNP boundary on the St Albans City and District Council website:   www.stalbans.gov.uk/planning/Planningpolicy/library/neighbourhood.aspx

The call for sites will be open for four weeks, from 20 March to 17 April 2017 (5 pm).

Who can apply?

Anyone is welcome to submit a site, however, we recommend that if you are not the landowner you should seek the landowner’s permission to do so. 

Get in touch

If you or someone you know has a potential development site that might be suitable we would like to hear from you.

To download the Call for Sites submission form please click here.  If you have any questions, why not have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions here.  Alternatively please e-mail Philip Wright, Project Officer, for further information:  Philip.Wright@harpenden.gov.uk

To see more information in regard to the themes of the Harpenden Neighbourhood plan that our communities are being consulted upon, click here.

 Latest Update - 14 March 2017

Community survey is now live, please click on this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HarpendenNP 

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 – 28 February 2017

In February residents came forward to join our themed groups that form part of the project’s governance structure. These groups cover the five themes set out below and will play a key role in developing a vision for that area of the plan. Themed Groups include a mix of Town Councillors and local residents.


Housing

Transport and Movement

Infrastructure & Community Facilities (includes schools)

Rod Cooley (Chair)

Nicola Linacre (Chair)

Brian Ellis (Chair)

Rosemary Farmer

Harry Gilham

Roderick Cooley

Georgie Calle

Daniel Chichester-Miles

David Williams

Callum Mitchell

Phil Waters

 John Bristow

James Izzard

David Rankin

John Hansen

Pauline Waddilove

Brian Deegan

Lydia Phillips

 

John Talbot

 

 

Employment & Retail

Environment, Sustainability and Design

David Heritage (Chair)

Chris Canfield (Chair)

Anne James

Rosemary Farmer

Michael Weaver

Pip Martyn

Michael Margereson

Tim Riley

Thomas Parrott

Margaret Cartmell

Jane Parker

Lesley Flowers

Lara Wares

Susheel Rao

Michael Wiseman

 

Hillary Taylor

Rosemary Ross

 How can you get involved?

Community involvement is absolutely essential to our community led plan and we want local people to work with us to influence the creation of the Neighbourhood Plan. During March and April, there will be lots of ways for you to get involved including through:

·        Drop-in information sessions –

1. Batford Memorial Hall, Tallents Crescent, AL5 5BS. 4 – 8 pm, Wednesday 29th March

2. Park Hall, Leyton Road, AL5 2LX. 4 – 8 pm, Wednesday 5th April

3. Kinsbourne Common Hall, Luton Road, AL5 3QE. 4 – 8 pm, Tuesday 11th April
 

        A Survey of all households during late March

        Social Media

        The themed groups

        Additional months of community engagement to come in the summer and autumn.

 For more information please contact, Phil Wright, Projects Officer on   Philip.Wright@harpenden.gov.uk or 01582 463665

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

The pictures below set out the stages we will go through to bring forward our Neighbourhood Plan.
 
http://locality.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Neighbourhood-planning-roadmap-2016.pdf 


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Latest Update – 15 June 2016 – Stage 2 Community Engagement Commences 19 June 2017

 

The development of the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan is well underway. Every household will soon receive a second survey that gives residents the chance to comment on the draft visions and objectives that have been produced for the plan.

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