Hunsdon, Eastwick & Gilston Neighbourhood Plan

What is Neighbourhood Planning?

Neighbourhood Planning is the name of a new tier of statutory planning functions that sits below and compliments the statutory planning services provided by East Herts Council as the local planning authority (LPA). However, unlike district-wide planning, Neighbourhood Planning is not compulsory; where Neighbourhood Planning is not undertaken the East Herts District Plan will be the sole planning guidance.

Introduced as part of the Government's Localism Agenda, Neighbourhood Planning is an opportunity for the whole community to come together to shape development in their area. Although it is envisaged that Neighbourhood Planning will be led by Town and Parish Councils, the Government has also stated that businesses will have a leading role. The involvement of a range of local stakeholders will also help strengthen community support.

Because Neighbourhood Plans will form part of the statutory Development Plan, when preparing a Neighbourhood Plan certain procedures as set out in the Statutory Regulations must be followed:

  • Conformity with the East Herts District Plan
  • Conformity with the National planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
  • Be based on evidence from technical studies
  • Be subject to sustainability appraisal / strategic environmental assessments (SA/SEA)