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

NPG submits Neighbourhood Plan to East Herts Council

The Hunsdon Eastwick and Gilston Neighbourhood Plan Group (NPG) has submitted its draft Neighbourhood Plan to East Herts Council.

It has been submitted under the statutory procedures, principally Regulation 15.

The submission was accompanied by a map of the area, consultation statement, consultation comments log, and a statement of basic conditions.

We are satisfied that the draft Plan complies with all the relevant statutory requirements and is ready to be submitted for examination by an independent Inspector.

The Neighbourhood Plan builds on the strong foundations provided by the Concept Framework and reflects three years of collaborative working in the Gilston Area between the community, East Herts Council and the landowners/developers.

The NPG has worked intensively over the past 18 months to prepare the draft Plan going beyond the statutory consultation requirements to discuss drafting changes with the Council and landowners/ developers and the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Quality Review Panel since the Reg 14 consultation in September 2019. 

We have valued the advice and input provided by East Herts and have amended the draft Plan to reflect the comments received at each stage of the process.

This has helped to make the draft Plan a stronger document and to ensure it is positive and consistent with strategic policies. Full details are provided in the Consultation Statement.   

We look forward to confirmation from the Council that the relevant statutory requirements have been met and to discussing details of the timescale going forward for publicising the draft Plan under Regulation 16 and the appointment of the Independent Examiner.