Neighbourhood Plan Open for Public Consultation

Neighbourhood Plan Open for Public Consultation

After some five years in formulation, the St Stephen Parish Neighbourhood Plan is now open for Public Consultation – the stage that enables residents of the Parish’s three villages; Bricket Wood, Chiswell Green and Park Street – to comment on a draft of the Plan and its policies before it proceeds to the next stage.

You can view the Draft Plan, associated documents and find out how to comment by visiting the Neighbourhood Plan web page

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

The Plan has been constructed following exhaustive dialogue between residents and the Plan’s Steering Group.  Numerous public meetings have been held throughout the Parish, as well as an extensive Public Survey sent out to every household in the villages, to identify the opinions, concerns and aspirations of the local community.

The Plan covers five distinct subject areas; Housing, Green Spaces and the Environment, Transport and Movement, Community Facilities and Local Economy. It contains a resultant 29 policies which, when the Plan is finalised, will sit alongside the St Albans District Council Plan.

The Public Consultation period will run for seven weeks, from 5 October until 30 November, providing the opportunity for both residents and other bodies with interests in the Parish to review the Plan and ‘have their say’.

St Stephen Parish Cllr Bill Pryce, leader of the Steering Group, comments:  “This is the time for people to speak up, and I urge every resident to take the opportunity to view the Plan and express their views. While a Neighbourhood Plan is not a panacea able to address all the Parish’s and residents’ wishes and future needs it will go a long way to help establish the face of our community in the years to come.”

At the end of the consultation period 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 then placed in the hands of an external Official Examiner for their comments.

The final stage will be the Public Referendum, with residents voting – with a simple Yes or No – on whether or not to accept the Plan and its influence on the face of the Parish over the coming years.

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