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East Hertfordshire council tearing up the greenbelt

Thursday, 28 September 2017 10:27

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East Herts District Council (EHDC) draft plan, which includes taking land out of the Green Belt so that 13,500 houses can be built without trespassing on the Green Belt, comes before a planning inspector next week, starting on 3 October. If anyone is as opposed to this as CPRE Hertfordshire, this is the last chance to make your voice heard.


The Plan promotes the building of over 25,500 houses in total, going beyond the Plan’s end date of 2033. Removal of land from the Green Belt for over 13,500 houses is being debated in front of the Planning Inspector on Wednesday 11th October, but the individual sites will not be looked at until later, at a date to be decided by the Inspector.

CPRE Hertfordshire is alarmed that news of this most important decision in East Hertfordshire since the District was created from the old local councils is so little known.  If anyone wants to see East Herts Council’s District Plan challenged by objectors to the Plan in front of a Planning Inspector, Christine Thorby, they need to be there. Her examination of the Plan starts on Tuesday 3rd October, with the Plan’s Housing figures expected to be considered that day, and on Wednesday 4th October, at the Council’s offices at Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford.

Richard Bullen, CPRE Hertfordshire’s new Chairman said: “I hope that people will turn out in force to show the Inspector how strongly they feel about the Plan. CPRE Hertfordshire believes the Council’s proposals will be disastrous for the countryside and the communities who have relied on repeated ministerial promises that the Green Belt will be protected and national policy that says Green Belts have permanent protection from development.”

The sessions begin each day at 10am and are open to anyone to attend, but only objectors who have notified the Inspector in advance will be allowed to speak. Full details of the Plan’s examination are available on the Council’s website www.eastherts.gov.uk/districtplanexamination

This has since been reported on  by both BOB FM and the Herts Mercury newspaper


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