Revised Planning Applications – key documents

We’re aware that the sheer volume of unsorted documents in the recent revised planning applications from developers Places for People has proved difficult to contend with for many.

After we discussed the matter with them, the developers’ consultants Quod have provided us with a smaller set of key documents, and a guide on how to navigate them

We’re still working as hard and as fast as we can to make our own summary of the revisions ready for you ahead of the December 21 deadline.

Tap here for access to the key documents (link now expired), provided by Quod.

We have reproduced the guide below, complete with direct links to each sub-folder of documents.

Village Development Outline Application Amendments:

  • Cover Letter – which summarises the main changes to the application and provides a guide to the new documents submitted in the context of those in the original May 2019 application.
  • Development Specification – which contains the specifications and standards applying to the residential-led mixed use development, and includes in appendices the Parameter Plans and the detailed plans for the four strategic access points. 
  • Placemaking Strategy – which sets out Places for People’s vision and strategy for what kind of place the Gilston Park Estate will become.
  • Strategic Design Guide – which sets out strategic and village-specific physical design principles to guide the form of future development.

River Crossings Full Application Amendments:

  • Cover Letter – which summarises the main changes to the applications and provides a guide to the new documents submitted in the context of those in the original May 2019 application.
  • Central Stort Crossing General Arrangement Plan – which sets out in plan form the proposals for the crossing with text boxes to give some narrative on the proposals.
  • Eastern Stort Crossing General Arrangement Plan – which sets out in plan form the proposals for the crossing with text boxes to give some narrative on the proposals.

Covers Village Development and River Crossings Application Amendments:

  • Environmental Statement Addendum Non-Technical Summary (NTS) – which presents a summary of the findings of the originally submitted Environmental Statement (May 2019) and the new Environmental Statement Addendum covering the environmental impacts of the proposed development across a range of topics and proposed mitigation.

If residents are interested in how Places for People have addressed the comments made in relation to the statutory and public consultation on the May 2019 application, this can be found in these documents which are structured based on East Herts District Council’s response:


Despite our best efforts, the official deadline for comments from the public remains 5pm on Monday, December 21, 2020.

The NPG has managed to secure an extension only for the NPG itself, until January 8, 2021.

Should you be unable to comment on the application prior to the December 21 deadline, we would recommend that you send a copy of your remarks to the NPG so we can include your thoughts in our response.

Briggens Estate 1 announces Village 7 seminar

Days after Places for People announced its long-awaited revisions to its planning applications for Villages 1-6 and two roads, Briggens Estate 1 is about to submit its own revisions for an additional 1,500 new homes plus infrastructure (Village 7).

They have announced a webinar to discuss the changes ahead of the imminent release.

It takes place on Thursday, 3rd December at 6.30pm. You can register your attendance info@gilstonvillage7.co.uk by email or by phoning 0800 148 8911.

The full calendar for online events from both developers is as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 2 at 6pm-9pm – East Herts Council’s Zoom Q&A on Places for People’s applications
  • Thursday, December 3 at 6.30pm  – Briggens Estate 1 webinar
  • Saturday, December 5 at 10am-1pm  – East Herts Council’s Zoom Q&A on Places for People’s applications

Revised Planning Applications and your Neighbourhood Plan

Planning Applications

You may have seen some fluorescent yellow planning notices appearing outside.

After long discussions with the council, developers Places for People have finally made revisions to their major planning applications: an outline application for 8,500 new homes, and full applications for two roads (a Central Stort Crossing and Eastern Stort Crossing).

3/19/1045/OUT (127 new documents)

3/19/1046/FUL (95 new documents)

3/19/1051/FUL (109 new Documents)

3/19/1049/LBC

There are some big, big changes from the original applications, and they’ll affect us all.

Despite the lack of door-to-door notice from the council or developers, the current consultation period has already started and will run for just four weeks, ending at 5pm on Monday, December 21, 2020.

With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, there are plans for two Q&A sessions via Zoom: on Wednesday, December 2 at 6pm-9pm and Saturday, December 5 at 10am-1pm.

To gain access to those sessions you’ll have to email gilston.applications@eastherts.gov.uk at least 24 hours in advance.

Four weeks during a lockdown in the run-up to Christmas is much too short a time for residents to have a fair chance to comment, especially given the months-long delay in finally getting these changes together.

Here at your Neighbourhood Plan Group we will be formally making that point on behalf of the community and seeking an extension.

We also encourage you to let the council know that it would be fairer for us all to have more time to look over these significant changes before commenting, so drop them a quick email to say as much.

What’s more, the landowner for “Village 7” (around 1,500 new homes) is planning to submit its own amended application in December, and is apparently also planning a four-week consultation running over Christmas and New Year.

It isn’t acceptable, and we need to let the council know that.

Your Neighbourhood Plan

At the same time as all of the above, your Neighbourhood Plan has been undergoing independent examination.

We had an eight hour Zoom meeting with the Examiner this week. He wants us to make some changes and refinements, and we need to get them completed in the next four weeks.

Planning law encourages communities to make a Neighbourhood Plan and we know it’s a vital step for the protection of our community.

All the volunteers in your Neighbourhood Plan Group will be pulling out all the stops to get those changes made to make sure your Plan is passed and up for referendum next Spring.

Other Consultations

As if four major planning applications and Neighbourhood Plan examination weren’t enough, there are four more consultations that have been snuck out relating to transport, sustainability and healthy living for the new Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

All of these need responses in the next few weeks and with limited resources and funding it’s a lot for our small group to be getting on with.

I want to thank all of the members of the Neighbourhood Plan Group – and all of you – for your hard work and support on all these matters to help protect and improve our community.

Anthony Bickmore, Chair Neighbourhood Plan Group
21st November 2020

East Herts Council opens public consultation for Neighbourhood Plan

Hunsdon, Eastwick and Gilston’s Neighbourhood Plan has been put forward for public consultation.

The consultation period runs from 21st July 2020 until 15th September 2020 at 5pm

Full details are available on both the East Herts Council website – if you need a paper version of the Plan please get in touch and let us know.

The decision to release a massive area of Green Belt Land for 10,000 new homes is part of the East Herts District Plan and cannot be changed.

But the Neighbourhood Plan will play a key role in ensuring the developers and East Herts Council make good on their promises to deliver developments of exceptional quality.

The Plan demands protection for the landscape, heritage and essential quality of living for the existing community and future residents.

After the public consultation, the Plan will face Independent Examination by a Planning Inspector who will review the Plan itself, along with comments from landowners, other bodies and residents.

If you support the Plan, all you have to do is click this link on your phone or computer and follow the steps outlined. It should take less than five minutes.

If it has not and you would like one, please get in touch and let us know

If you would prefer to respond by email, you can contact East Herts Council at planningpolicy@eastherts.gov.uk