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East Herts District Plan adopted in extraordinary council meeting

A District Plan setting out how East Herts is to develop over the next 15 years has been adopted following an extraordinary council meeting.

After several years of hard work from officers and members of East Herts District Council, councillors voted on Tuesday (October 23) night to officially adopt the East Herts District Plan.

The meeting followed an examination in public by an independent inspector who concluded that subject to some changes, which were subsequently made, the plan was sound.

A holding direction by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, or MHCLG, also agreed with their inspector’s decision following a short investigation.

Councillors took just a few minutes to vote unanimously to carry the plan which will see new homes, schools and jobs created in East Herts over more than the next decade.

The plan proposes that by 2033, East Herts will have maintained its distinctive character and economic prosperity, as well as providing new homes and jobs through well designed and sustainable development.

East Herts is expected to build another 18,485 more homes up to 2032, with Bishop’s Stortford, Hertford, Ware and Sawbridgeworth increasing in size by thousands, as sites on the outskirts of the towns are developed.

Part of the housing will be also be provided by Harlow Gilston Garden Town, with up to 10,000 new homes expected in the Gilston Park area by around 2050.

Historic buildings and archeology in the district will be both protected and enhanced according to the vision, as will the district’s rich biodiversity.

Now the decision has been made to adopt the plan, together with Local Neighbourhood Plans, it will form the basis on which all future planning applications will be determined.

All applications submitted in East Herts will need to meet the vision set out by the plan to ensure that they are the right developments for the district.

Leader of East Herts Council, Linda Haysey, said: “I’m delighted that we have finally adopted our District Plan after several years of working with residents, community groups, businesses and landowners to help us get the best for our district over the next 15 years.

“The plan gives certainty to our communities as to where development will be and what opportunities there will be to live, work and invest in East Herts.

“It also allows our infrastructure providers to plan effectively to meet the needs of our current and future residents.”

This article was first published on 24/10/18 and can be read here.