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Neighbourhood Planning

Last Modified July 25, 2017

What is neighbourhood planning?

Communities can now prepare neighbourhood plans to influence the future of their areas. These allow communities to set out their own vision for their local area and set general planning policies to guide development in their neighbourhood. However plans must still meet the needs of the wider area and take into account the local council's assessment of housing and other development needs in the area.

A guide to preparing neighbourhood plans

We realise that neighbourhood planning and the rules that communities need to follow can be complex so we have prepared a guide to help communities decide whether to get involved in neighbourhood planning and help them in preparing a plan if they do.

The guide seeks to give residents an introduction to neighbourhood planning, explains the steps communities should follow when they are creating a neighbourhood plan; set outs our role and gives information on sources of support and help.

  • Neighbourhood Plans: Process for preparing a neighbourhood plan
  • You can also read more about neighbourhood plans and other aspects of neighbourhood planning in general on Hertfordshire County Council's 'Neighbourhood Planning' page.
  • Locality is the leading nationwide network for community-led organisations, and has government backing to provide information and support to communities considering a Neighbourhood Plan. Their website provides printed guides and many case studies to aid in the consideration and production of Neighbourhood Plans.

Frequently asked questions

We have prepared a document which explains more about neighbourhood planning and answers some of the frequently asked questions. It also sets out a number of key issues for you to consider if you are thinking of preparing a neighbourhood plan in your area

The regulations

The Government has recently released the Neighbourhood Planning Referendum Regulations.


For more information about the neighbourhood plan process please email the Planning Policy and Transport Team on or call on 020 8207 2277.

Neighbourhood planning in Hertsmere

Radlett Neighbourhood Plan

Aldenham Parish Council are the first parish council in Hertsmere to begin preparing a neighbourhood plan. This plan will cover the urban area of Radlett within Aldenham Parish.

A period of informal public consultation is running from 17 July to 30 September 2017. Find out more about the Radlett Neighbourhood Plan.

Shenley Neighbourhood Plan Area

In October 2016 Shenley Parish Council formally applied to Hertsmere Council for the designation of a neighbourhood area covering the Shenley Parish and the part of Shenley Cricket Club which is within Aldenham Parish.

We publicised the Parish Council’s submission in accordance with Government regulations. We allowed a period of 6 weeks between 10 November and 22 December 2016 during which interested people were able to make representations. No objections were received, and Hertsmere Borough Council’s Executive approved the designation of the Shenley Neighbourhood Area on 8 February 2017.

The minutes of the meeting will be made available on the council Executive meetings web page in due course.


Report to the Executive

Shenley Parish Council’s approved neighbourhood area boundary

Shenley Parish Council’s statement as to why they consider this area appropriate to be designated as a neighbourhood area

Copy of the notice placed in the Borehamwood and Elstree Times

Copies of the proposed boundary and statement are also available at the offices of Hertsmere Borough Council (address below) and at

Shenley Parish Council, The Hub, London Road, Shenley, WD7 9BS; and

Aldenham Parish Council, Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, WD7 8HL.

What happens next?

Now that the neighbourhood area has been formally agreed by Hertsmere Borough Council, Shenley Parish Council can start the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan in earnest and encourage the local community to get further involved. 

If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the Shenley Neighbourhood Plan please contact Amanda Leboff the Clerk to the Parish Council on  or  01923 855 865, or visit the Shenley Parish Council website.

[1] Town and Country Planning, England. The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012

The Neighbourhood Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015.

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