Have your say on planning in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 21:05 29 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:08 20 February 2013
Enthusiastic community representatives packed a room at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City to hear about new opportunities for Neighbourhood Planning
Enthusiastic community representatives packed a room at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City to hear about new opportunities for Neighbourhood Planning for the first in the Plan YOUR Place series of events around the county.
The focus is on how residents, parish/town councils and neighbourhood forums of Hertfordshire can get involved and influence sustainable development within their village or neighbourhood. Government funding has supported these free events organised by CPRE Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire Association of Parish and Town Councils.
Planning expert Jed Griffiths got the evening off to a lively start with an interactive session on planning myths. CPRE Hertfordshire Planning Manager Steve Baker followed with how individuals can influence local planning decisions.
Bill Pryce, HAPTC encouraged residents to get their community involved in shaping their neighbourhood. Valuable contributions were made by planning officers from Welwyn/Hatfield Borough Council and Hertsmere Borough Council on the current position of the local planning framework for each authority.
With the introduction of the Localism Act 2011, three new planning tools: Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and the Community Right to Build, have been created. Free information booklets on all these planning subjects are available from CPRE and HAPTC.
Further Plan YOUR Place events are scheduled around the County on 6 March (Letchworth), 12 March (Ricklmansworth and 19 March (Hemel Hempstead). All start at 6.30pm for registration and end at 9.30pm. Places arefree, but booking is essential. Details can be found at www.cpreherts.org.uk or call 01438 717587.