The process continues
The Knebworth Neighbourhood Plan document is progressing slowly through the necessary stages. Eventually there will be a formal referendum and you will be asked to vote on whether you support the policies within the Neighbourhood Plan, or not.
We would like to start making it clear that, when the time comes to vote, you will NOT be voting on whether the housing developments will go ahead or not. This is not the purpose of a Neighbourhood Plan. North Herts District Council (NHDC) conducted a ‘Call for Sites’ process and the land was made available to them. Despite considerable opposition to this from Knebworth residents, NHDC felt that the requirement for housing in North Herts outweighed those objections and the proposed development areas remain within the Proposed NHDC Local Plan.
The role of the Neighbourhood Plan is to provide more detailed policies regarding ALL potential development within the Knebworth Parish Area and mitigate any potential adverse effects.
In a referendum, you will be voting on whether you agree to the positive and improving KNP policies being implemented in order to alleviate and diminish the impact of the housing developments. This, of course, is looking ahead until at least next year as the Government has ruled that no referenda can take place before May 2021 due to the pandemic.
Knebworth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee