Shenley Parish Council is currently producing a neighbourhood plan for Shenley. The Shenley Neighbourhood Plan, once finalised, will inform landlords, developers, investors and the council’s planning committee about the characteristics, unique challenges and opportunities in Shenley.

In October 2019 Shenley Parish Council submitted the Shenley Neighbourhood Plan to us so that it could undergo examination. We appointed Mr John Slater (BA (Hons), DMS, MRTPI) as Independent Examiner of the Neighbourhood Plan.

 In May 2020 the Examiner produced his Examiner's Report (486kb) which recommended that modifications be made to some of the plan’s policies. These and consequential modifications to the plan’s supporting text
have subsequently been made. We have now published the Regulation 18 Decision Statement (700kb). This statement sets out our decision and proposed actions following receipt of the examiner’s report.

The Shenley Plan will now proceed to referendum incorporating the modifications recommended by the examiner and other consequential changes. Pending the outcome of the referendum, the plan now carries significant weight when we are taking decisions on planning applications affected by its policies. You can read the referendum version of the Shenley Neighbourhood Plan (45.63mb) online.

A referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan for Shenley will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021 to decide on the following question:

Do you want Hertsmere Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Shenley to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

Anybody registered to vote in the area covered by the Shenley Neighbourhood Plan will be entitled to vote. A simple majority of votes (over 50 per cent of those voting) in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan is required in order for the local planning authority to 'make' the neighbourhood plan (bring it into force). At this point it becomes part of the development plan for the area and has to be taken into account in decisions on planning applications.

If you have any questions about the Shenley Neighbourhood Plan please contact the clerk to the parish council on  or  01923 855 865, or visit the Shenley Parish Council website.

For information or help relating to future public engagement, please contact the Planning Policy Team by emailing


The examiner’s questions and other correspondence relating to the examination can be viewed below:

The examiner has reviewed the plan's content and issued his report (486kb).

Previous Steps

Regulation 16 Consultation

The Shenley Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to us in October 2019, under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations. A 6 week public consultation was held between 29 October and 10 December 2019. If you wish to view the consultation, please visit our consultation system.

Neighbourhood area designation

In October 2016 Shenley Parish Council formally applied to us 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 six weeks between 10 November and 22 December 2016 during which interested people were able to make representations. No objections were received, and our Executive approved the designation of the Shenley Neighbourhood Area on 8 February 2017.

The minutes of the meeting are available on the council Executive meetings web page.