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Local Plan News from the Parish Council
October 2017 - part 2
The Parish Council is making good progress in drafting our submission to the Local Plan Inspector, and this will be ready for review prior to, and approval at the Parish Council meeting on Thursday 2 November. The Inspector’s guidance on making submissions is clear and detailed, and we bring to your attention one key point: statements from representors should explain the precise change to the plan that is being sought.

We are currently considering what changes we should suggest in our submission. Please click here to find out more.

Local Plan News from the Parish Council - October 2017
The Inspector has provided information about his Examination in Public of the NHDC Local Plan, which will take place in November.
Please click here for details of this Examination and information about the Parish Council’s statement. All the hearing sessions will be held in the Icknield Centre, Letchworth, and are open to members of the public to hear what is being discussed. We think it is important for as many residents of Ickleford as possible to attend our session scheduled for Thursday 30 November to show the Inspector the strength of feeling that there is in our village.

Proposed Submission Local Plan
The Government has appointed a Planning Inspector to oversee an Examination in Public which will take place in November 2017.

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 ICISite IC2; Site IC3; Site LS1
- Supporting information from Ickleford Parish Council
- DCLG Letter about Green Belt
- Department for Transport car ownership figures

Map of Ickleford Parish
Please click here to view a map showing the Ickleford parish boundary for your reference.

LS1 planning application submitted
A planning application for site LS1 has been submitted to NHDC under the name ‘Land to the east of Bedford Road and west of Old Ramerick Manor, Bedford Road, Ickleford’ for the residential development of 185 dwellings.
Information can be found in the ‘Planning’ section of the NHDC website by clicking here, then under the reference 17/02175/1. The Parish Council will discuss this application at our meeting on 2 November at Ickleford Village Hall from 7.30pm .

Information from a resident’s group about the LS1 planning application
A group of Ickleford residents has produced a leaflet outlining their concerns about the proposed residential development of site LS1.
The leaflet can be viewed here.

Update from the meeting with Bim Afolami MP on
20 September

Members of Ickleford Parish Council, along with colleagues from other villages in north Herts, had a very positive meeting with our MP, Bim Afolami, on 20 September about the planning and development pressures in rural communities. Mr Afolami acknowledged the many flaws in the planning system, and has arranged a meeting with the Leader of NHDC, Cllr Lynda Needham, to review in some detail the impact of the NHDC Local Plan. To aid his discussions, we have provided Mr Afolami with information on the possible consequences of the proposed developments in Ickleford. That letter can be found here. Mr Afolami advised that he would update us on the outcomes of his meeting with Cllr Needham, and has requested a follow-up meeting with us towards the end of the year to advise on his progress on other actions he is undertaking in this sphere.

The Ickleford Neighbourhood Plan – your chance to help shape the future of your village
The Parish Council believes that it would be a promising idea to create a Neighbourhood Plan to help shape the future of our village, and we are asking for your help to do so. The Plan would be sponsored and supported by Ickleford Parish Council, but needs to be driven by a team made up from the wider village community.  It would be the team’s responsibility to create the Vision, Objectives and Policies which make up the Plan.
Further information can be found here, and please do contact Cllr Miles Maxwell to find out more -  or 17 Witter Avenue, Ickleford, SG5 3UF

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