Those of you wondering about the purpose of the Knebworth Neighbourhood Plan (KNP) should perhaps consider the photos below; these show the current stages of two large, current developments in our village. Do you like them? Do you think they are of a good design, or the right size for the plot? Has the village ambience been captured in their schemes? What about the impact on the current community services and amenities?
Once we have a Neighbourhood Plan in place, we can have some influence over planning proposals and help mitigate the effects of proposed developments such as these. As we have mentioned previously, Neighbourhood Planning is actively promoted by the Government through the Localism Act and “……….. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.” 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.
Follow our progress by checking the website: https://knebworthneighbourhoodplan.org.uk/ or via the Parish Council website: https://www.knebworthparishcouncil.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan.html.
However, there has been a recent development with the NHDC Local Plan. Following the Main Modification changes to the NHDC Local Plan, the Planning Inspector now requires more hearings. This is quite unusual. The implications are that it’s possible that the number of new dwellings required in North Herts may change, increase or decrease, with a consequential impact on Knebworth. This will delay the progress of NHDC Local Plan and possibly the Neighbourhood Plan too.
Hopefully, we will have more information on the impact of these delays soon.
Meanwhile we will continue to the ‘Pre-submission’ stage. Our Planning Consultant is in the course of combining all our research, consultation results and individual subject group texts into a combined, structured document. This paper will be the basis of our Draft Pre-submission document and this work is continuing.
Knebworth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee