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North Herts Local Plan Consultation CPRE Herts response

Friday, 30 January 2015 19:10

North Hertfordshire countryside North Hertfordshire countryside Elizabeth Hamilton

North Herts. District Council's Local Plan Preferred Options consultation ends 6 February. You can download CPRE Hertfordshire's response here.

The Plan proposes over 14,000 new houses to be built in the District up to 2031, and unspecified thousands after 2031, mostly in the Green Belt. This is because the Council has ignored Government Policy and Guidance. In the Plan’s ‘Spatial Strategy’ (2.7) it states the Green Belt has been reviewed ‘to accommodate the identified levels of growth’. But the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires Councils to protect the Green Belt when preparing their Plans. In paragraph 14 the NPPF states that the extent to which housing needs are met must reflect policy constraints such as Green Belt. This fundamental policy was re-affirmed by the Government in October, with newly issued Guidance explaining what councils like North Herts are required to do.


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