Town council upgrades Bishop's Stortford's planning policies
Efforts to beef up planning protection for Bishop's Stortford have made further progress.
The town council has published proposed revisions to its two neighbourhood plans (NPs) after consulting the public.
Together with the National Planning Policy Framework and the East Herts District Plan, they determine the criteria for development.
By updating the policies for Silverleys and Meads wards, and for All Saints, Central and South wards and part of Thorley, the town council's neighbourhood plans get precedence in the planning process.
The revisions for both documents focus on sustainability and climate change.
The changes for the NP for All Saints, Central, South and part of Thorley, first completed in 2017, include the addition of new green spaces and modifications to site-specific policies relating to the Goods Yard at the railway station, the St James' Park estate at Bishop's Stortford South, The Bishop's Stortford High School site in London Road and former golf club land east of Manor Links to reflect the fact they have been formally designated for development in the District Plan.
The review of the NP for Silverleys and Meads wards, first completed in 2015, also strengthens and updates policies on transport, education and green infrastructure.
The town council has concluded that the changes to both plans "are of a level of significance that requires examination but not referendum" so it is not expected that residents will be required to vote for their adoption.
A record of all comments received during the consultation and the action taken will be published shortly when the plan is formally submitted to East Herts Council.
It is expected that the district council will advertise the plan, as submitted, in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 and invite representations before an independent examiner scrutinises both documents.