Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Local Plan- Update

Latest News

June 2017

LOCAL PLAN UPDATE

Colin Haigh, Head of Planning, has written confirming that the Local Plan was submitted to The Secretary of State on the 15 May 2017.  Melvyn Middleton BA(Econ) Dip TD DipMgmt MRTPI has been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out an independent examination of the Local Plan (2013-2032).  His task will be to consider the soundness of our submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework).

The Submission and Supporting documents can all be viewed at www.welhat.gov.uk/localplanexamination  The documents can also be viewed at Inspection Points.  Those Points in North Mymms are as follows:

Brookmans Park Library     Mon to Tues      14.00-18.00                      

Thurs to Fri       14.00-18.00

Saturday           09.00-13.00

North Mymms Parish Council   By appointment only

Parish Offices   Adj 1 Bushwood Close

Tel    01707 268418

Email: clerk@northmymms.org

There is also a direct link to the Examination Library (Evidence Base):  www.welhat.gov.uk/localplanexamination

The Council has appointed Louise St John Howe as its Programme Officer – she can be contacted via email to louise@poservices.co.uk or by calling 07789 486419.  The Programme Officer will work on behalf of the examination Inspector and be responsible for day-to-day administration including the examination hearings.  The Programme Officer will contact all respondents who have indicated that they wish to speak at the hearings in due course, and there is nothing further those respondents need to do at this stage.

 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

UPDATE ON THE LOCAL PLAN

Latest News

June 2017

LOCAL PLAN UPDATE

Colin Haigh, Head of Planning, has written confirming that the Local Plan was submitted to The Secretary of State on the 15 May 2017.  Melvyn Middleton BA(Econ) Dip TD DipMgmt MRTPI has been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out an independent examination of the Local Plan (2013-2032).  His task will be to consider the soundness of our submitted plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (the Framework).

The Submission and Supporting documents can all be viewed at www.welhat.gov.uk/localplanexamination  The documents can also be viewed at Inspection Points.  Those Points in North Mymms are as follows:

Brookmans Park Library     Mon to Tues      14.00-18.00                      

Thurs to Fri       14.00-18.00

Saturday           09.00-13.00

North Mymms Parish Council   By appointment only

Parish Offices   Adj 1 Bushwood Close

Tel    01707 268418

Email: clerk@northmymms.org

There is also a direct link to the Examination Library (Evidence Base):  www.welhat.gov.uk/localplanexamination

The Council has appointed Louise St John Howe as its Programme Officer – she can be contacted via email to louise@poservices.co.uk or by calling 07789 486419.  The Programme Officer will work on behalf of the examination Inspector and be responsible for day-to-day administration including the examination hearings.  The Programme Officer will contact all respondents who have indicated that they wish to speak at the hearings in due course, and there is nothing further those respondents need to do at this stage.

 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Letter that has been sent to ALL Parliamentary candidates.

Dear Residents,

 

Please find below, an email that has been sent to ALL Parliamentary candidates by the “North Mymms Green Belt Society”, which the Brookmans Park Residents Association associates itself with.

 

Regards

 

Martin Connolly

Honorary Secretary.

 

 

“On behalf of the North Mymms District Green Belt Society, with some one thousand members in the Welwyn Hatfield Constituency, I am writing to you as a candidate for the Constituency in the forthcoming General Election.

 

The Society would like to ask you about your commitment to the Green Belt and would be grateful if you would answer the following questions.

 

1.         Do you agree that a Green Belt Policy is necessary to prevent urban sprawl and that the Home Counties in particular are in special need of protection against the expansionary pressures from London?

 

2.         Do you support the National Planning Policy Framework which permits development within the Green Belt only in “very special circumstances” and alteration of Green Belt boundaries only in “exceptional circumstances”?

 

3.         Do you agree that it is wrong for Local Authorities to set housing targets in the Local Plan without also providing for a proper increase in the supporting infrastructure?

 

4.         Do you agree that WHBC should not be pressurised by Central Government policies to agree to inflated housing and development targets in the Local Plan if these cannot be met without building in the Green Belt?

 

5.         Do you agree that the housing target of 12,024 chosen by WHBC in its Local Plan is too high for the area, reflects pressures from Central Government and is driven by “London” rather than “local” needs?

 

6.         If elected will you:

 

  • Press for the immediate review of the methodology being used to calculate housing targets (the OAN) promised in the recent Housing White Paper?

 

  • Positively seek to work with other Hertfordshire MPs to stop development expansion in the County at the expense of the Green Belt?

 

We are writing similarly to all the candidates and it is our intention to place the answers from each of the candidates on our website at http://www.greenbeltsociety.org.uk

 

Thank you in anticipation for your reply.

 

Regards

 

Nigel F. Matthews OBE

Chairman

North Mymms District Green Belt Society”

 

 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Local Plan - April 2017 update

Good Morning Residents

 

The Council have finally signed off the Local plan unchanged as was anticipated.

The link below confirms the Councils decision.

 

The next stage in the process is that we now await the Government Inspectors consultation meeting.

 

The link below sets out some detail;


FYI - http://www.whtimes.co.uk/news/12-000-homes-for-welwyn-hatfield-backed-in-final-council-vote-1-4970886
 

 

BROOKMANS PARK:
 BrP4/HS22 Land west of Brookmans Park - 250 dwellings
 BrP13/HS21 West of Golf Club Road - 14 dwellings
 BrP14/HS23 East of Golf Club Road – 10 dwellings

 

With regards to BrP4/HS22, what happens with access and the rail bridge- who knows?

 

More anon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Greenbelt society responds to local plan final draft

The following has been circulated by the North Mymms District Green Belt Society (NMDGBS). It's the group's response to the Local Plan final draft (which covers house building and development of the area), along with news about two public meetings, organised by the NMDGBS, and which local residents are encouraged to attend. The meetings are:
  • For Welham Green: At the North Mymms Youth and Community Centre, Station Road on Monday 19 September at 8pm.
  • For Brookmans Park: At the United Reformed Church, Bluebridge Road on Wednesday 21 September at 8pm.
Another meeting you might want to make a note of is Welwyn Hatfield Borough Councils only drop in meeting in the area.

It's to be held at the Brookmans Park United Reformed Church, Oaklands Avenue, Brookmans Park, AL9 7UJ on Tuesday 6 September between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.

Below is the text from the NMDGBS update. You can discuss this here by adding your comments at the end of this article, in a thread running on The Brookmans Park Newsletter community discussion forum, or on our Facebook page.


LOCAL PLAN: Latest News Final Consultation on Draft Local Plan Proposed Submission & North Mymms District Green Belt Society Public Meetings 

We attended the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Cabinet meeting on 02 August 2016 where as expected the recommendations from the Cabinet Housing Planning Panel on 20 July were ratified.

WHERE ARE THE RECOMMENDED BUILDING SITES IN NORTH MYMMS? 
Please note that just to confuse things the Council have now changed the site identities. Below are listed both old and new prefixes.

WELHAM GREEN:
  • WeG4b/SDS7 Marshmoor – 80 dwellings and 40,500m2 of employment land 
  • GTLAA01/HS35 Foxes Lane - 12 pitches 
  • Hat11/HS11 Land at Southway (next to New Barnfield) – 120 dwellings 
BROOKMANS PARK: 
  • BrP4/HS22 Land west of Brookmans Park - 250 dwellings 
  • BrP13/HS21 West of Golf Club Road - 14 dwellings 
  • BRP14/HS23 East of Golf Club Road – 10 dwellings 
LITTLE HEATH: 
  • BrP7/HS24 Hawkshead Road (on a reduced site area) - 100 dwellings 
  • LHe1/HS25 Land north of Hawkshead Road – 35 dwellings 
HOWEVER: All the Welham Green sites are considered suitable but have not been put forward because of limited Primary School capacity and because an alternative site has not been identified to deliver an expanded school. It was stated at the Cabinet meeting on 02 August that two Welham Green site promoters are currently working together and are in discussion with the Council to address this issue.

It is possible that following the forthcoming Public Consultation the Council could decide to make changes and additions and re-consult before submitting the Plan to an Inspector for Public Examination.

Similarly in Brookmans Park development has been capped to approximately 250 dwellings because of limited capacity to expand the Primary School. Once again the site promoters of sites that are considered suitable are seeking to resolve this issue with the Council. We will be monitoring this situation and will keep you informed.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? 

The Council will be undertaking a FINAL Public Consultation over an eight week period commencing on Tuesday 30 August and ending at 5pm on Monday 24 October 2016.

They will be holding only one drop-in consultation event in North Mymms which will be held at: Brookmans Park United Reformed Church, Oaklands Avenue, Brookmans Park, AL9 7UJ on Tuesday 06 September between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.

This consultation differs from previous consultations as legally, at this stage, you may only make representations on whether the Local Plan has been prepared in accordance with legal requirements and whether it is “sound”.

The Inspector will look at whether the Council has met the legal requirements for the preparation of the Plan and whether it meets what are known as the “tests of soundness”, as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

HOW DO I RESPOND? 

You can respond online, by post or email but you should complete a response form so that any representation you make can be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate with the necessary information.

If you do not use a form you will run the risk that your response cannot be forwarded to the Inspector as it will not meet the Planning Inspectorate's requirements for the examination of the Plan.

You will need to identify what part of the Local Plan you are commenting upon and use a separate form for each representation you wish to make.

The Inspector will need to know whether you support or object to the plan and, if you object, what is the basis for your concern.

You may find it helpful to refer to the guidance notes for making a representation available on the online consultation portal from 30 August 2016.

The online consultation portal can be accessed at http://www.welhat.gov.uk/localplan

 If you prefer to submit written representations by e-mail or post, please use the representation form which will be available during the consultation period at the inspection points (the nearest one is North Mymms Parish Council: The Council Offices, Annexe to No.1 Bungalow, Bushwood Close, Welham Green, Hertfordshire, AL9 7YZ Tel: 01707 268418) or online or by contacting the Planning Policy Team at Welwyn Hatfield Council Tel 01707 357000

Representations must be submitted to the Council by 5pm on Monday 24th October 2016 either:

Representations will be sent to the Planning Inspector and will be made public. It is the Planning Inspector, not the Council, who will consider your representations at this stage.

A guidance note will be available to help you to complete the response form. Responses must be made on the form, either through the Council’s online portal; or by emailing or posting the form to Planning Policy at the above address.

THIS LOOKS REALLY COMPLICATED

We will be holding two Public Meetings to update and advise you. The meetings will be led by Planning Consultant Jed Griffiths MA Dip TP FRTPI and we are hoping our local MP, Ward and Parish Councillors will be in attendance.

NORTH MYMMS DISTRICT GREEN BELT SOCIETY PUBLIC MEETINGS: 

  • WELHAM GREEN: North Mymms Youth and Community Centre Station Road MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2016 at 8pm. 
  • BROOKMANS PARK: United Reformed Church Bluebridge Road WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 at 8pm. 

 We look forward to seeing you there.


Local Plan consultation newsletter circulated

The council has circulated what it describes as a "Local Plan Consultation Special" newsletter for August, embedded below.

It includes a timetable for consultation meetings, including a number of dates for local sessions which people might like to copy to their diaries.

The meeting for this area is to be held on Tuesday 6 September at the URC on Bluebridge Road between 15.30 and 19.30.

You can discuss this by adding your comments below, or by joining the discussion on The Brookmans Park Newsletter community forum.