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Neighbourhood plan for St Stephen – give your views

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Residents, businesses and community groups are being consulted about a neighbourhood plan for the parish of St Stephen.

Neighbourhood Plans give local people the opportunity to have a greater say on the type and extent of developments they want for their community.

They provide guidance on what development is considered acceptable and can indicate locations for new homes, infrastructure, community facilities and business premises.

Such plans can also provide guidance on other issues including the protection of local heritage.

St Stephen Parish Council has drawn up a draft plan for its area that covers the years up to 2036.

This has been done with the agreement of St Albans City and District Council (SADC) which is the main planning authority.

SADC is now undertaking the final round of consultation before the plan is submitted to an independent planning inspector for examination.

Details of how to view the St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan and respond to the consultation, can be found on SADC’s website:

The consultation runs for six weeks until Friday 16 July.

All of the feedback will then be analysed to see if any changes should be made to the draft plan.

Cllr Chris White, Chair of SADC’s Policy Committee, said:

Neighbourhood Plans provide us with important guidance on the kind of developments that are acceptable to people at a local level.

I ask everyone with an interest in the future development of St Stephen parish to take a look at the draft neighbourhood plan and provide any comments they may have.

Hard copies of the plan are available to view at the Parish Council office in Station Road, Bricket Wood. Due to COVID precautions, an appointment needs to be made beforehand:

Councillor contact: Councillor Chris White, Leader and Chair of the Policy Committee:; 01727 845300.

Contact for the media: John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer: 01727-819533;