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Potential development of site LS1 (Land off Bedford Road) Public consultation exhibition on Thursday 6 July
Barratt and David Wilson Homes are proposing to build 185 dwellings in Ickleford on site LS1 (Land off Bedford Road) which was included in the NHDC Proposed Submission Local Plan. The site is located close to the parish boundary with Stondon.

A public exhibition has been arranged by Barratt and David Wilson Homes for Thursday 6 July in Ickleford Village Hall from 5-7pm to find out more about the proposed development of this site. There will also be an opportunity to speak with representatives from these companies. Please click here for further information about the proposed development.

The July meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the main hall of the Village Hall after this public exhibition, starting at 7.30pm. You are most welcome to share your views with the Parish Council in the public participation session of the meeting, between 7.35-8pm.

Funk on the Farm, Friday 23 June, Hitchin Lavender Farm,
7pm for 7.30pm start

Funk and Soul band "RoadRunner" (featuring Alex Francis) are performing as a seven piece at Hitchin Lavender. Bar opens  7pm, music from 7.30pm. Tickets 15, available from the farm or click here to purchase online. Licensed bar. 

Pig, Swig & Jig, Saturday 24 June, Hitchin Lavender
This popular hog roast and barn dance will be held at Hitchin Lavender on Saturday 24 June from 7.30-11pm. Tickets cost 22 each and guests must be 18 or over. Email to buy yours. All proceeds will go Ickleford Pre-School.  Please click here to view the event poster.

Open Gardens in Ickleford, Sunday 25 June, 12-5pm
Ickleford will be welcoming visitors for this event in aid of St. Katharine’s Church new building fund. 14 gardens open to visit, Hitchin Lavender, Pimms on the lawn and a gift tombola at V.R Jennings. Lunches, teas and a plant stall in the Village Hall, as well as pony rides and a dog show at Ickleford Equestrian Centre. Cream teas available around the village.  Admission 4 per person (accompanied U14s free) by programme available in advance from Ickleford Stores, and at various venues on the day.  Please call 01462 459081 or visit to check the dog show schedule. Click here to see the event poster. Free parking available at Hitchin Lavender, Ickleford Manor (Turnpike Lane) and the Plume of Feathers (via Walnut Way).  Transport round the village is being provided courtesy of the Mencap minibus and V.R Jennings limousine.

Tombola gifts for stall at Open Gardens on
Sunday 25 June
V.R Jennings Funeral Service in Ickleford would appreciate donations of items for a tombola gift stall which will be held on Sunday 25 June at the funeral home. The stall is in aid of the St Katharine's Church new Building Fund and Room-For -All. Please take your donations to Susannah at V.R Jennings in Ickleford.

Exhibition in St Katharine’s Church, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June
An exhibition on The Witter Family and the Arts & Crafts Industry in Ickleford.  A donation in lieu of entrance fee would be welcome. Cream teas will be available at 3 Church Path.

Housing Needs Survey for Ickleford
- Coming Soon

Do you, or someone you know living in the village, need affordable housing in Ickleford? The Parish Council has commissioned a survey to assess housing needs in Ickleford. Your feedback on this would be greatly appreciated, so please look out for the survey and complete it as fully as possible.

New PCSO for Ickleford
The new PCSO for Ickleford is Heather Burrows. She can be contacted via email to or, or by telephone on 101.

Consultation drop-in exhibition for the development proposal of the Bowmans Mill site
Following on from the consultation event, information about the proposed development can be viewed here.

Proposed Submission Local Plan
NHDC Full Council approved the submission of the Plan for examination on 11 April 2017. The local plan documents will be submitted to Government by the end of May 2017. The next stages of the plan are in the Government’s hands. The Government will appoint a Planning Inspector to oversee an Examination in Public which is predicted to take place in autumn 2017. All of the responses from the latest consultation will be submitted in full for the Inspector’s consideration.

Background information about the Local Plan
The Local Plan 2011-2031 Proposed Submission Document can be viewed here, and information on the four sites proposed for Ickleford is on pages 169-171 and pages 190-191. A map showing the location of the four sites can be found here.

Response from Ickleford Parish Council
The Parish Council submitted responses for all Ickleford sites. We have included our responses below for your information:
- Site ICI
- Site IC2
- Site IC3
- Site LS1
- Supporting information from Ickleford Parish Council
- DCLG Letter about Green Belt
- Department for Transport car ownership figures

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