The Game of Three Halves...
- The Planning Application for 660 houses to the north of Luton Road between Luton and Cockernhoe (already submitted)
- The Planning Application for 1440 houses to the south of Luton Road between Luton and Tea Green (likely to be submitted in the next month)
- The North Herts District Council Local Plan 2011 - 2031 (currently with the national Inspector)
We have spent the last few weeks focussing all our efforts to get as many objections to the 660 house application as possible. The window to object to the planning application for the 660 houses to the north of Luton Road is now closed. We have managed to reach out to local residents and get 430 written objections to date.
The main objective now is to object to the local plan which was voted through the North Herts District Council on the 20th of July at Letchworth Leisure Centre.
The Local Plan is a concept imposed by government on each district council to make them accommodate a specific increase in dwellings to each part of the country. Each local council should then identify potential areas for this increase in their district and as a reward they will then receive a payment as part of the section 106 scheme. They also then benefit from the extra tax and services charges from those dwellings.
There are a number of developments identified all over north Hertfordshire and they all vary in size and type. The next largest development proportionately is the addition to Baldock which equates to an 80% increase in size to the town. The addition to the villages of Cockernhoe, Mangrove Green, and Tea Green equates to 1125%. The size of this development is so out of proportion to anything else in the plan.
The proposed developments in the plan relevant to our area are EL1, EL2 and EL3. These total 2100 houses across 3 developments. The planning application for the 660 houses between Cockernhoe and Luton has now reached its objection date deadline so must now focus our attention on fighting the local plan. If the local plan is approved by the government inspector then the greenbelt land involved AUTOMATICALLY loses its green belt protection.
Here is a map of where the proposed development North of Luton Road would occupy. The Red area is the outline of where the 660 houses that have been applied for in planning will be situated.