June Update

Unfortunately, initial progress was slow, with many aspects of a Neighbourhood Plan having to be learnt before any action could be taken.

Plans  (by North Herts District Council) for some 700 new homes around the village  would increase the population by over a third. The Knebworth Neighbourhood Plan (KNP) is a rare opportunity to influence the development of the village to make it a sustainable and a pleasant place to live despite the dramatic increase in population, and should not be missed.  Contact:  neighbourhood-plan@knebworthpc.org.uk

The task is to create a plan based on the views of the people of the Parish.  This then has to be passed by an inspector and finally it has to be approved by the residents of Knebworth via a referendum.

The plan enables us to define types of housing to match Knebworth’s needs and can make a requirement for appropriate infrastructure to accommodate the consequences of increased housing.

What we want to achieve is a vision for the future of Knebworth Parish and create a sense of community and a sense of ownership of the village by the residents and businesses.

What have we done already?

  • Established a steering group
  • Surveyed residents on priorities and issues
  • Established six working groups on the top priority areas
  • Undertaken additional surveys
    • Parking
    • Housing needs
  • Held two Open Days and displayed information at the Annual Parish Meeting
  • Noted comments and observations from those attending

What are the working groups?

  • Traffic, Transportation and Parking
  • Local Economy (including Retail, Restaurants and Bars)
  • Environment and Flooding
  • Housing and Character
  • Schools and Education
  • Wellbeing (to include Medical and Public Services)

Why do we need a Neighbourhood Plan and why do we need it now?

  • A Neighbourhood Plan can influence the type of development that should happen in the neighbourhood
  • Under the Localism Act 2017 it has a legal status which must be taken into account by the Planning Authority (NHDC)
  • It can also define certain policies(e.g. design standards) that take precedence over the existing Local Plan policies for the neighbourhood within certain constraints
  • We currently have no roadmap or policies to guide planning decisions that are specific to Knebworth
  • A Neighbourhood Plan is needed now as this is our best chance to have an influence on how the village develops over the next few years.

Let us have your opinions and Get Involved!

  • We are seeking to engage all local stakeholders to do this
    • Residents
    • Community groups
    • Local businesses
    • Landowners
  • We also need more help in developing each work stream

Let us have your opinions and Get Involved!

  • We are seeking to engage all local stakeholders to do this
    • Residents
    • Community groups
    • Local businesses
    • Landowners
  • We also need more help in developing each work stream
  • Please contact us: neighbourhood-plan@knebworthpc.org.uk

Windfall Developments

  • The numbers of proposed houses quoted are simply notional figures
  • They are not targets.
  • Therefore any additional developments do not reduce the proposed number of new dwellings.
  • Additional developments are regarded as ‘windfall’ by NHDC.
  • Including windfall significantly increases the number of new dwellings.

So, what are we doing next?

  • The subject matter groups are in the process of researchinginto various areas identified such as what evidence is readily available such as statistics on traffic flow and population demographics, what we can and can’t define in the Plan and what other people have put in their
  • Ultimately they will be working towards creating policies to go in the Plan

If you would like to help develop the Knebworth Neighbourhood Plan and have some expertise in any of the areas covered by the Plan, we would very much like to hear from you.

 

 

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