Friday, 28 February 2014

Great response to HCC's consultation

Cathy Roe has now heard from HCC that they received 2891 responses on the simple response forms distributed door-to-door by HAI, NMGBS, BPRA and WGRA.
In addition there were 103 other replies, on official forms or in letters or emails,  referring to New Barnfield. So the total was 2994 from local efforts - very well done to everyone involved!
The total number of responses to the whole consultation was 3044.

The summary that HCC is now sending to the inspector will be on herts direct soon - so we will be able to see which organisations responded on New Barnfield as well as the responses about other sites.

So we certainly made our point!  Congratulations to everyone who helped in any way.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Update re responses received to HCC consultation

Cathy Roe of HAI has asked HCC spatial planning dept how many responses they received to the consultation. The reply was 2885 of the simple response forms, including the 2426 that  Cathy delivered to them direct. The number is well over what was submitted for the Sites consultation in Dec 2012  (which was 2317) and the Sites consultation in Feb 2012 (about 2000). So it has certainly been shown that concern about the sites plan remains very strong, and indeed, has grown stronger.

This does not include responses made in other formats, e.g. by WelHatBC and other organisations, and HCC cannot yet say how many responses in total about New Barnfield they received.

They are making a summary of all the representations, to send to the Inspector, and hope to do this by Feb 28th. The person Cathy spoke to was unsure when/how we would get a copy of this.

HCC do not know when the Inspector will make his decision.

Well done to everyone involved in amassing such a strong response!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Notes from the BPRA meeting on 13th Feb

Members met on Thursday 13th Feb at the Brookmans. 

Item 1 on the Agenda was the update of the BP response to HCC's consultation on amendments to their Waste Sites Allocation Plan. Response forms had been collected from the post box in Brookmans Park News for the last time, and took the overall total to 830 from the BP area. These will all be hand-delivered to County Hall by Cathy Roe. A vote of thanks was proposed to Mayur and Sue Patel, who had allowed the collection box to be placed in their shop. Updates on the progress and outcome of the consultation will be provided on here as we receive it.

Item 2 was a discussion about development in the Welwyn Hatfield area generally and how that might impact on Brookmans Park. Welhat have commissioned research on the numbers of homes that they will need to be providing over the next decade. This research should be available in Spring 2014 and will be taken into account when the Core Strategy is published in the Autumn 2014. We understand that when the Core Strategy is published, towns and villages can submit a Neighbourhood Plan. We will be researching this further in the next 2 months and will be in close contact with the North Mymms Parish Council and the North Mymms Green Belt Society.

In the meantime, we are receiving copies of Welhat's Planning Policy Newsletters (which we hope to put up on this website shortly), and anyone who wishes to know what plans are being submitted for their particular road, or an even wider area, can sign up direct to Welhat's Alertit:

Item 3 was a commitment to increase paid membership by a leaflet campaign and posters in some of the shops. We will also have stands at the Brookmans Park Rotary days on the village green and Village Day. A membership form is also available on this site.

We are urgently in need of help with newsletters and digital updates.


Alan Crawley was thanked for his assiduous campaigning with HCC and Welhat on parking issues, potholes, trees and verges.

The next meeting will be the AGM on Thursday 13th March at 8.00pm at the Brookmans Park United Reformed Church.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Responses to HCC's consultation on amendments to their Waste Sites Allocation plan

Today is the last day to get responses in by email to HCC's consultation on the proposed amendments to their Waste Sites Allocation plan -

There has been a very good response, with 830 completed forms of objection from the Brookmans Park area alone, and possibly more sent direct to County Hall or emailed to spatial planning.

Cathy Roe of HAI is hoping that the aim of 2500 objections will have been reached or exceeded, and that this will be enough to demonstrate to HCC the strength of local opposition to taking New Barnfield out of Green Belt and turning it into a waste site.

We do not know whether the results will be published before the result of the Public Enquiry into the proposed Hatfield incinerator, but the New Barnfield Trust, HAI, the North Mymms Green Belt Society and ourselves, will all give updates as soon as we know.

Very many thanks to all residents who have helped deliver leaflets - often in driving wind and rain - who have helped on the stands in the Dutch Nursery and Hatfield town centre, and who have taken the time and trouble to complete forms to register their objections. Thank you too, to Mayur and Sue at Brookmans Park News, who kindly hosted the NMGBS and BPRA red box for the completed forms. We couldn't do it without you all!