East Herts Pre-Submission District Plan, 2016 consultation has opened and will run until 5pm on 15/12/16

The Pre-Submission District Plan sets out the Council’s proposed development strategy through to 2033 along with detailed policies to guide development across the District. The document is being published for public consultation for a period of six weeks, during which time the Council is seeking the opinion of members of the public and other stakeholders on the soundness of the Pre-Submission Plan. The Pre-Submission Plan is the version that the authority intends to submit to the Planning Inspectorate in 2017.

The Inspector will need to know which parts of the Plan you support or object to and, if you object, what is the basis for your concern. The Inspector will want to know whether the Council has met the legal requirements for the preparation of the Plan and whether it meets the "tests of soundness" which are set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. The tests of soundness are set out below:

The Council will collate all the comments received during the consultation period and these will be submitted alongside the District Plan to the Planning Inspectorate. All the consultation documents as well as supporting technical studies are available via the Council’s website: http://www.eastherts.gov.uk/presubmissiondistrictplan

There are many ways in which you can respond. If you are clear what you want to object to now, then comments can be made using the EHC online consultation portal. Please select the following link to access the portal and submit your comments: http://consult.eastherts.gov.uk/portal/pre-submisson_district_plan_consultation/pre-submission_plan

You can also use STOP Harlow North's online response form here . This will send an automated response to East Herts Council using our recommended text.

Alternatively, a EHC comment form is available online which you can complete and return by email or post to the Planning Policy Team at: planningpolicy@eastherts.gov.uk or
East Herts Council,
Planning Policy Team,
Pegs Lane,
SG13 8EQ.

In the next few weeks SHN will also be providing some guidance and standard text you can use. We will issue this is due course and hope to do some mass mailings as well. The deadline for consultation responses is 5pm on Thursday 15 December 2016. Please note the Council cannot guarantee that responses received after this deadline will be considered.

If you have any queries about any aspect of the consultation please contact a member of the Planning Policy Team on 01279 655261 or planningpolicy@eastherts.gov.uk