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Neighbourhood planning

The Council is very supportive of neighbourhood planning as a process. The Spatial Planning team has met a number of parish and town councils to discuss local priorities and the process of neighbourhood planning in their areas. The Spatial Planning team continues to offer meetings with parish councils and other neighbourhood groups when requested.

Neighbourhood plans must be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the adopted development plan for the local area.

Sandridge Neighbourhood Plan

 

Sandridge Neighbourhood Plan Referendum – 6th May 2021

Information regarding the Sandridge Neighbourhood Plan Referendum on the 6th March 2021 can be found below;

Sandridge Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Version:

A statement that sets out general information about town and country planning including neighbourhood planning and the referendum can be found below:

The decision statement below sets out the decision of St Albans City and District Council on whether the Sandridge Neighbourhood Plan can proceed to referendum and its reasons for its decision:

The Referendum Area Boundary Map can be found below:

A copy of the Examiners report and suggested modifications can be found below:

Summary of regulation 16 consultation responses can be found below

Sandridge Neighbourhood Plan Decision Statement

The decision statement below sets out the decision of St Albans City and District Council on whether the Sandridge Neighbourhood Plan can proceed to referendum and its reasons for its decision.

The examiner’s report and proposed modifications can be found below;

A copy of the Sandridge Neighbourhood Plan submitted for examination can be found below;

The District Council recently invited comments on the submission version of Sandridge Neighbourhood Plan in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Plan (General) Regulations 2012. This consultation has now closed. Further information can be found through the link below;

https://stalbans-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/planning_policy/snp2020/snp2020

Examination Correspondence

The Sandridge Neighbourhood Plan has now been submitted for examination. Please see correspondence between the Examiner, the Council and Sandridge Parish Council below:

Made Neighbourhood Plans

Following a ‘YES’ vote at referendum on 7 February 2019, the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan was made at Full Council on 20 February 2019. The Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the Development Plan for St Albans City and District Council.

Browse the Harpenden neighbourhood plan documents

Designated Neighbourhood Plan Areas

Below is a list of Neighbourhood Plan Areas that the Council has designated. The maps of these areas can be found in our Library of Documents

  • Redbourn Neighbourhood Plan Area. On 21 November 2013, St Albans City & District Council's Cabinet approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for Redbourn.

  • Colney Heath Neighbourhood Plan Area. On 27 February 2014, St Albans City & District Council's Cabinet approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for Colney Heath.

  • Sandridge Neighbourhood Plan Area. On 24 April 2014, St Albans City & District Council's Cabinet approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for Sandridge.

  • St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan Area. On 23 April 2014, St Albans City & District Council's Cabinet approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for St Stephen.

  • Wheathampstead Neighbourhood Plan Area. On 21 July 2015, St Albans City & District Council’s Cabinet approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for Wheathampstead.

  • Harpenden Town and Harpenden Rural Parish Councils. On the 17th March 2016, St Albans City & District Council’s Cabinet approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for Harpenden Town and Harpenden Rural Parish.

  • London Colney Neighbourhood Plan Area. On 25 April 2019, St Albans City & District Council's Cabinet approves the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for London Colney.

Browse the designated neighbourhood plan areas

Additional information

For assistance the Council will keep this website up to date with links to the most relevant websites for advice on neighbourhood planning.

The Council was successful in its bid for funding through DCLG's Neighbourhood Planning & Local Planning Service Redesign & Capacity Building Pilot Programme for Local Authorities. Using this funding a site allocations guidance document and toolkit has been produced to assist Qualifying Bodies in identifying and allocating development and other sites within their emerging Neighbourhood Plans. The document is available below.

The Council is also a member of the Look! St Albans 'Our Community Voice on Design' Representatives Group.

Look! St Albans is a community-led organisation working with the Council and other interested parties, including developers and architects, to achieve a broadly-supported consensus in designing some key city centre buildings and surrounding open spaces, at the outline and full planning application stage.

Look! St Albans was initially supported by the Prince's Foundation for Building Community through grant funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government 'Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning' programme.

Look! St Albans website