Radlett and Shenley residents will be given a chance to say next month whether plans, which could help shape the future of their villages, should be formally adopted.
Aldenham Parish Council’s (APC) Radlett Neighbourhood Plan and Shenley Parish Council's (SPC) Shenley Neighbourhood Plan are just one step away from being the first documents of their kind to be adopted in the borough. Both plans will proceed to referenda on Thursday 6 May, the same day as the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Hertfordshire County Council elections, and by-elections for one Aldenham Parish Council and two Shenley Parish Council seats are held.
If more than half of votes cast during the referenda are in favour then the documents will be used to help make planning decisions for their areas. If there are more votes against the plans, they will not be adopted.
Our Head of Planning and Economic Development, Ross Whear, said: "The Radlett plan was due to proceed to a referendum in May last year, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was decided that the referendum, like all other elections, could not go ahead.
“In the meantime, the Shenley Neighbourhood Plan has progressed and it was agreed by Hertsmere Borough Councillors in October last year that the plan could also move to a referendum.
“If half of votes cast from electors in the respective neighbourhood areas are in support of the plans, then they will be adopted and so will become part of the development plans for the area. That means we will have to take them into account when deciding all types of planning applications, including homes, schools, or community facilities.
“Whatever the outcome of May’s referendum, I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication shown by our council officers, Neighbourhood Plan steering groups in Radlett and Shenley and the dozens of volunteers from the local community who contributed to the preparation of these plans.
"We've worked hard to support Radlett and Shenley Parish Councils throughout the process and I would encourage as many people as possible who live in each area to vote in the forthcoming referenda."
The Radlett Neighbourhood Plan includes policies on housing choices; respecting and enhancing the townscape and landscape of the area; maintaining the vibrancy of the village centre and explores how developments in general can contribute to the vision for the area. The Shenley Neighbourhood Plan includes policies on maintaining and enhancing Shenley's rural character; protecting its local green space; and supporting housing mix and choice.
Voting for the referenda will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 6 May at all polling stations in the Radlett and Shenley Neighbourhood Areas.
To vote, residents must be registered. The deadline for applying to register is Monday 19 April. You can register online here.
Anyone who has already applied to vote by post will automatically receive a postal vote for the referenda. If you wish to vote by post the deadline for new applications is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.
If more than 50 per cent of the votes are in favour of the neighbourhood plans then the plans will be formally made by HBC later this year.
Posted on Monday 12th April 2021