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.
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.
Shenley Parish Council are preparing a neighbourhood plan for Shenley.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 8207 2277.