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Parish Neighbourhood Plan

St Stephen Parish Neighbourhood Plan
Pre-Submission Version (Regulation 14) Consultation

The Pre-Submission Consultation period is now over. The consultation was run in accordance with the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2015 (as amended).

The consultation period ran for eight weeks from midday on Monday 5 October to Monday 30 November. A summary of responses from this consultation are provided below

The St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan is based upon the thoughts, concerns and aspirations of local residents, as identified by the Community Survey – sent out to every household in the Parish – and the numerous public meetings that have taken place.

The Plan covers five distinct subject areas:  Housing, Green Spaces and the Environment, Transport and Movement, Community Facilities, and Business and the Local Economy, and contains 29 related policies.

The Plan has recently concluded its Pre-Submission stage – the Public Consultation – enabling residents and other interested parties to comment on the Plan and its policies.

Any necessary revisions will be made to the Plan which will then be sent to St Albans City and District Council, who will organise a further round of consultation. Following this the Plan will then be placed in the hands of an external Examiner for comment. The final stage will be the Public Referendum with residents voting – with a simple Yes or No – on the Plan and its influence on the face of the Parish over the coming years.

View the plan:  St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan – Pre-Submission (Regulation 14) Consultation
View the slides from the Public Meeting held on Zoom on 9th November: Presentation Slides
View the presentation in full on YouTube: 9 November Public Presentation

Although closely linked, the St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan and the emerging St Albans City and District (SADC) Local Plan are two separate entities and should not be confused.

The St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan has been developed in anticipation that the St Albans City and District Local Plan would be adopted before the Neighbourhood Plan. As a result, the policies in the St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan conform both to the adopted saved policies of the St Albans District Local Plan Review (1994) and also synchronise with the policies of the emerging Local Plan.

There is now a strong possibility that the emerging St Albans Local Plan will not progress as previously scheduled. If this occurs, it will directly impact a number of the proposed policies in the Pre-Submission St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan, namely:

  • Policy S1: Spatial Strategy
  • Policy S2: Housing Scale and Location
  • AIM 3: Community facilities at the Donkey Field
  • Policy S20: Burston Nurseries
  • Polices S25 to S29: Site allocations

If the emerging Local Plan does not progress, these policies would not form part of the Submission Version Neighbourhood Plan. However, pending a decision on the emerging Local Plan, these policies are retained for the purposes of the Consultation and your views on these are welcomed.

For further information, please see the Important Notice from the Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.
Summary of the policies

Please note that the list of policies should not be viewed in isolation – it is important that the Plan be read in full to appreciate and understand their context in relation to the Plan.

In 2011 the government introduced the Localism Act. One of the objectives of the Act was the devolution of decision-making powers from central government control to individuals and communities with, for example, local communities being able to produce Neighbourhood Plans for their local area.

In essence a Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework, containing visions, aims, planning policies and proposals for improving the area and / or providing new facilities for the benefit of the community. Neighbourhood plans relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues such as housing, employment, heritage and transport.

Quick Guide to Neighbourhood Plans