Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan – Referendum


Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan - November 2021 Submission Draft
Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan – June 2022 Final Referendum Draft

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

Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan – Examination begins

Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC has announced that work has begun on his examination of the Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan.

It is not anticipated that the statutory tests for holding a hearing are likely to be met and a timetable will be laid out shortly.

Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC has written Examiner’s Note 1, which along with his email announcing the examination has been added to the Evidence Base for the Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan.

Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan – Public Consultation

As you may know, in conjunction with Hunsdon Parish Council we have submitted our local Neighbourhood Plan for the Hunsdon Area to East Herts Council.

It is now open to public consultation until 17th February 2022 – the consultation is being conducted by East Herts Council and full details are available on its website here.

You can fill out an online comment form here or download a paper copy here.

Express your support for the plan by choosing Support from the drop-down menu.

The Plan itself is also available to read on our own website along with all the ancillary documents that go with it.

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.

Thank you as ever for your assistance and input.

Hunsdon Neighbourhood Plan - Public Consultation - Have Your Say

– Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan Group

Neighbourhood Plan submitted to East Herts Council

We have submitted our Draft Neighbourhood Plan to East Herts Council for Public Consultation, which they will lead.

Futher details of the consultation – including the dates and how to have your say – will follow shortly.

You can read or download the November 2021 submission draft of the Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan in full here, and access the full Evidence Base here.

If you have any difficulties using the download button below, please use this link to download the full draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan – Submission Draft (November 2021)

Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan - November 2021 Submission Draft
Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan – November 2021 Submission Draft

Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan to Parish Council Annual Meeting 2021

You can read the Hunsdon Area NP Report below, or download the document as a pdf

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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

Balance met by Parish Council £2375

Frank O’Shea
26 April 2021

Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan – Update

The Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan Group would like to thank Hunsdon residents for your contributions, responses and support for the emerging Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan.

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.

Thank you to all once again.

– HANP Group

Fill out the Hunsdon Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire

The Regulation 14 Consultation has begun for the Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan.

To let your voice be heard, please fill out the Questionnaire below.

Please do not navigate away from the page until you have submitted the form as your progress will not be saved.

You can read or download the 83-page pre-submission Regulation 14 draft in full below, as well as an eight-page summary

Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan Household Survey

In February and March 2019 the Neighbourhood Plan Group commissioned a survey of residents’ views. Paper copies of the survey were distributed to every household and sent to every business in the Plan area, and an identical online survey form was provided.

An article drawing attention to the survey was published on local social media (inluding a link to the online form) and in the Village News.

The responses from that survey have since been combined and analysed and are being used to identify priority issues for the Neighbourhood Plan.

An interim summary of, and insights on the responses from the survey has been produced here.

Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan Group, September 2019

First Community Event – 2-3 February 2019

Our first Community Event in early February was a huge success, with over 100 residents attending over the two days and over 250 comments left on post-its.

Just as importantly, we had several residents indicate their willingness to join the group and contribute to developing the Plan.

It was good to see our County Councillor, Eric Buckmaster, and colleagues from Stanstead Abbotts and Eastwick & Gilston Parish Councils.

For anyone who couldn’t make it over the weekend and/or who would like a reminder of the material used, then copies of the boards are here

Hunsdon Area Neighbourhood Plan Group, February 2019