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Kingsmead Neighbourhood Plan survey launched

Saturday 3 October 2020

A survey has been launched to find out the views of residents living in the Kingsmead ward of the town.

The survey is the result of work by the Kingsmead Neighbourhood Plan - a group of local volunteers helping to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for the ward.

Once adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan will guide development in the area, including policies on housing, transport and the environment.

Community volunteers have been delivering hard copies of the survey to each household in the Kingsmead area of Hertford over the past seven days. 

All responses to the consultation will inform the Neighbourhood Plan policies, which will eventually form the Kingsmead Neighbourhood Plan. The deadline for completed online and hard copy forms is the  8th November 2020. Once received, the consultation responses will be collated and analysed by members of the Kingsmead Neighbourhood Plan Community Steering Group and then turned into draft policies. 

A Neighbourhood Plan has to go through a number of consultations with local residents before a final referendum is held on the proposals.

Vicky Glover-Ward, Chair of the Kingsmead Neighbourhood Plan Steering  Group, said: "While our four working groups are a powerhouse of marvellous  ideas we are looking forward to receiving views, comments and ideas from  everyone in Kingsmead to make the best use of the talents of our community."  

Neighbourhood Plans are part of the planning process, aimed at giving more say to local people. It can set out planning policies for the development and the use of land in a local area. Once adopted a Neighbourhood Plan forms part of the statutory documentation that is used to determine planning applications. Before the planning authority, which is East Herts District Council, can adopt the plan, it needs to hear the views of its residents.

Two other wards in Hertford - Bengeo and Sele Farm - are at advanced stages of creating neighbourhood plans.

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