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Knebworth Neighbourhood Plan

KNEBWORTH PARISH COUNCIL PLANNING UPDATE, MARCH 2021

The North Hertfordshire District Council Local Plan proposes changing our Green Belt boundary. It allocates 731 new homes around an expanded Knebworth village. Knebworth Parish Council can't change the allocation of these sites, but it can influence their use.

So, we wrote our own Knebworth Neighbourhood Plan as our community vision for the future. It aims to ensure that our community can influence and benefit from any new development, including that proposed by the NHDC Local Plan. There will be a referendum on our Neighbourhood Plan later this year in a few months' time. We hope you will support it.

Knebworth Neighbourhood Plan update

Knebworth Parish Council cannot change the NHDC Local Plan or the housing allocation. We are, however, allowed to create a more specific Knebworth Neighbourhood Plan.

Our Knebworth Neighbourhood Plan cannot contradict the NHDC Local Plan's strategic policies. But we can add our own policies for our community. These can influence the way that future village developments will happen here. NHDC has to consider them, when making decisions on planning applications.

The Parish Council formed the Knebworth Neighbourhood Plan team in 2016. The team have created a plan that will allow the village to remain a great place to live. It aims to keep Knebworth distinct from its neighbouring communities. We presented a draft plan in the Village Hall in April 2018 and we have also run other consultations.

Some people in our community do not want any new building. This is unrealistic and new development is inevitable. We need some level of new housing for our own children and grandchildren.

The process to finalise our Knebworth Neighbourhood Plan is now mostly complete. We have submitted it to NHDC for a final consultation, which they will run from 21 April 2021. When that consultation, and an independent examination, is completed, NHDC will hold a local referendum in the Parish. This will be your opportunity to vote for your Neighbourhood Plan. The submitted version of our plan can be found below. We encourage everyone to read it.

We want Knebworth to be a vibrant and inclusive village community. Our vision is to aspire to good design and improved environmental performance. We want everybody to have access to green spaces. We want to accommodate sustainable growth in our population, services and infrastructure. We want to see development that embraces our values and heritage. It should have the smallest impact on local nature and wildlife. Development should maintain Knebworth's fundamental rural character.

We hope that you will support our Neighbourhood Plan and vote in favour of it at the referendum. We would like to thank the team of volunteers that have been working on this, putting in a huge effort since 2016.

Documents submitted to North Herts District Council - March 2021

Knebworth Neigbourhood Plan website can be found at

https://knebworthneighbourhoodplan.org.uk/

Last updated: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 14:57