Revised Planning Applications – DEADLINE EXTENDED

We would like to thank all of you who have already submitted your comments for the revised planning applications from Places for People, which cover the building of 8,500 homes and infrastructure, and two river crossings.

For those of you yet to comment, or those wishing to add to their previous responses, we have good news:

The deadline for responses has been extended to 5pm on Thursday, January 21, 2021

This is because Places for People have promised to provide important graphics showing different views from both sides of the proposed new road junction at Pye Corner. These images will visualise the impact of the new road proposals from Terlings Park and Pye Corner but will not be made available until the middle of January 2021.

As soon as these new graphics are available we will of course be in touch to let you know.

East Herts Council has pledged to communicate the extension of the consultation period directly to residents as soon as the Christmas post allows. 

Meanwhile, your Neighbourhood Plan Group has sought professional advice regarding the revised planning applications and are making arrangements for a public webinar to let you know the points we are making as a community response.

The planned date for this webinar will be on Monday, January 4, 2021 and we will let you know further details as soon as they are confirmed.

Below is a reminder of the links to use when responding, and our initial thoughts regarding the revised applications:

1. Outline planning application for 8,500 new homes plus infrastructure

2. Detailed planning application for new bridges and changes to existing bridges and other roads at Fifth Avenue

3. Detailed planning application for new bridges and changes to existing bridges and other roads at River Way

4. Detailed planning application for new bridges and changes to existing bridges at River Way (Listed Building Planning Application)

Remember to fill in all the necessary fields on all four forms, including the tick-box for whether you Object, Support or are Neutral towards the planning applications, as below.

consultation response form

We suggest that a possible response by you might include the following points:

“Unfortunately, despite the revisions made following the previous consultation period, the revised planning applications for villages 1-6 and two river crossings have not fully addressed the concerns raised by the community with regards to:

– the delivery of a development of six individual villages of exceptional quality with landscape buffers between each village in a way that protects landscape, heritage and the essential quality of living within the countryside

– timely and fully-costed infrastructure delivery, including schools

– adequate and costed provision of truly sustainable transport within and across villages, and with proper links beyond the village boundaries and to key connections outside the applicant’s landholding

– the absence of an agreed structure to achieve the GA1 policy requirement for a timely delivery of agreed assets to a properly funded community organisation

We therefore maintain our OBJECTION to the applications pending improvements that fully address the concerns of the community.”

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

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

Tap here for access to the key documents – and you can follow their guide to these documents here.

Thanks once more

– Hunsdon, Eastwick and Gilston Neighbourhood Plan Group