Parish Neighbourhood Plan

St Stephen Parish Neighbourhood Plan
Pre-Submission Version (Regulation 14) Consultation

This Pre-Submission Consultation is in accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2015 (as amended).

The consultation period runs for eight weeks from midday on Monday 5 October to Monday 30 November. This is an extended consultation to take account of the restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Responses must be received by 5pm on Monday 30 November 2020.

Join us for a virtual ZOOM presentation of the Plan on

Monday 9 November 2020 at 6.30pm

Follow this link to join on 9 November at 6.30pm:
Meeting ID: 955 8001 3917  Passcode: 510053

1. St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan Draft – Pre Submission (Regulation 14) Consultation

The St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan is based upon the thoughts, concerns and aspirations of local residents, as identified by the Community Survey – sent out to every household in the Parish – and the numerous public meetings that have taken place.

The Plan covers five distinct subject areas:  Housing, Green Spaces and the Environment, Transport and Movement, Community Facilities, and Business and the Local Economy, and contains 29 related policies.

The Plan has now reached its Pre-Submission stage – the Public Consultation – enabling residents and other interested parties to comment on the Plan and its policies.

At the end of this consultation any necessary revisions will be made to the Plan which will then be sent to St Albans City and District Council, who will organise a further round of consultation. Following this the Plan will then be placed in the hands of an external Examiner for comment. The final stage will be the Public Referendum with residents voting – with a simple Yes or No – on the Plan and its influence on the face of the Parish over the coming years.

View the plan:  St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan – Pre-Submission (Regulation 14) Consultation

2. “Have your say” – Complete the Consultation questionnaire online

Alternatively, residents may request a paper copy of the questionnaire and send responses to:

Parish Clerk, The Parish Centre, Station Road, Bricket Wood, St Albans AL2 3PJ

Or email responses to:

GDPR: A summary of all comments made will be publicly available. Please note that personal information provided will be confidential and processed in line with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
The Parish Council will process your details in relation to the preparation of this document only.
As part of the Consultation and in line with the new GDPR, if you are writing in with comments, please indicate on your correspondence that you are happy for the Parish Council to pass on your contact details (name, address/email address) to St Albans City and District Council (SADC) so that they can contact you at Regulation 16 consultation stage.

3. St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan in relation to SADC Local Plan

Although closely linked, the St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan and the emerging St Albans City and District (SADC) Local Plan are two separate entities and should not be confused.

The St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan has been developed in anticipation that the St Albans City and District Local Plan would be adopted before the Neighbourhood Plan. As a result, the policies in the St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan conform both to the adopted saved policies of the St Albans District Local Plan Review (1994) and also synchronise with the policies of the emerging Local Plan.

There is now a strong possibility that the emerging St Albans Local Plan will not progress as previously scheduled. If this occurs, it will directly impact a number of the proposed policies in the Pre-Submission St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan, namely:

  • Policy S1: Spatial Strategy
  • Policy S2: Housing Scale and Location
  • AIM 3: Community facilities at the Donkey Field
  • Policy S20: Burston Nurseries
  • Polices S25 to S29: Site allocations

If the emerging Local Plan does not progress, these policies would not form part of the Submission Version Neighbourhood Plan. However, pending a decision on the emerging Local Plan, these policies are retained for the purposes of the Consultation and your views on these are welcomed.

For further information, please see the Important Notice from the Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

4. St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan Summary of the policies

Please note that the list of policies should not be viewed in isolation – it is important that the Plan be read in full to appreciate and understand their context in relation to the Plan.

5. Neighbourhood Plans – The background

In 2011 the government introduced the Localism Act. One of the objectives of the Act was the devolution of decision-making powers from central government control to individuals and communities with, for example, local communities being able to produce Neighbourhood Plans for their local area.

In essence a Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework, containing visions, aims, planning policies and proposals for improving the area and / or providing new facilities for the benefit of the community. Neighbourhood plans relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues such as housing, employment, heritage and transport.

Quick Guide to Neighbourhood Plans

6. Further reading and related documents

2016 Neighbourhood Plan Community Survey results

SEA Report – June 2020

SEA Appendix A – Scoping Report for Consultation

Housing Needs Assessment_FINAL

Site Assessment Report_AECOM

Housing Report