Therefore, the Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the development plan. The determination of planning applications will need to be made in accordance with the development plan.
The Parish Council congratulates the Neighbourhood Plan Group led by Cllr Frank O’Shea for concluding this notable achievement and records its gratitude to both the Group and everyone in our community that contributed to surveys and consultations that provided the core evidence for policies.
After hundreds of hours work by the Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan Group and with the input, support and passion of residents over the last four years – as well as a rigorous public process – the Hunsdon Neighbourhood Plan is now ready to be adopted.
The plan will only be adopted if the local community of Hunsdon vote for it by a majority in a Referendum on 15th September 2022.
We urge all residents of Hunsdon to VOTE YES at Hunsdon Village Hall in person on Thursday 15th September or by using a postal vote in the usual way.
It is critical that after four years work on your Neighbourhood Plan we all get it over the final hurdle and not leave it to the planners and developers to do whatever they want in our Neighbourhood.
YOUR CHANCE TO VOTE IN THE REFERENDUM FOR THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN FOR HUNSDON ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022
Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan was initiated by Hunsdon Parish Council and after hundreds of hours work by this Group and the input, support and passion of residents over the last two years, the Plan has been through a rigorous public process and is now ready to be adopted if the local community of Hunsdon vote by a majority for it in a Referendum on September 15, 2022. You can download and read the plan here.
The Referendum will be conducted by East Herts Council and will be like the local elections. They will send you a Poll Card for the referendum. A copy of East Herts Referendum Information Statement and further information is available here at the East Herts website.
Everyone who is eligible to vote should receive a Poll Card for the Referendum from East Herts Council. If you want to check if you are eligible to vote you can phone EHC electoral services on 01279 655261 but basically, every adult in the Parish who is eligible to vote in local government elections will be able to vote in the Referendum at the Village Hall in Hunsdon on September 15 from 6am-10pm and answer YES or NO to this question:
Do you want East Hertfordshire District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Hunsdon Area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
If more than 50% of the votes say YES, the Plan will become a major planning document which East Herts Council will have to use in deciding on all future planning decisions in the Hunsdon Area. The Plan covers the whole of Hunsdon Parish less the parts which were covered by the Gilston Area neighbourhood plan as shown overleaf.
A Vote “YES” gives local people a voice and means the planners and any developers have to listen to what is in our Plan.
We urge all residents of Hunsdon to VOTE YES by voting at Hunsdon Village Hall in person on September 15 or using a postal vote in the usual way. It is critical that after two years work on your Neighbourhood Plan we all get it over the final hurdle and not leave it to the planners and developers to do whatever they want in our Neighbourhood.
– Promoted and published by the Hunsdon, Neighbourhood Plan Group on behalf of Hunsdon Parish Council
The Hunsdon Area covers Hunsdon Parish, with the exception of the parts already covered by the parallel Neighbourhood Plan with the parishes of Eastwick and Gilston, called the Gilston Area Neighbourhood Plan.
The Hunsdon Plan is designed to shape and influence what development may occur in Hunsdon up to 2033 and has been prepared after extensive consultation with all residents of the Parish and with other stakeholders.
The Plan demands protection for our landscape, heritage and the essential quality of living for both the existing community and future residents.
The full draft of the Plan and ancillary documents are all on the NPG website
It is a Local Plan for Hunsdon, separate from the larger one for the Gislton Development, so it encompasses the Parish Area less the part which falls withing the Gilston development, broadly the Airfield and Village 7.
We have put the draft plan through its first public consultation which finished in March this year and are now, as a Group and with our planning consultant, in the course of a full review all the responses to the draft Plan from residents, who gave it their overall support, and the statutory consultees like EHDC, Herts CC, Environment Agency, Historic England and local landowners. This process will take a couple of months. It may involve some further discussions with some of the consultees.
When this is concluded we will produce the next version of the Draft Plan with legal documentation, for East Herts DC to submit to the next round of Public Consultation.
On finances for the year ended 31 March 2021, all our funds, receipts and payments pass through and are part of the Parish Council Accounts but in summary:
Received during year: From Locality Grant (Central Government) – £3000
Total Paid during year: Planning Consultant – £4875 Administration £250 IT and Misc. expenses £250
The group has now started working through your comments alongside responses from other official consultees, stakeholders and landowners, as part of the review of the Plan before it goes to the next stage.