Have your say on Harpenden’s future in vote on Neighbourhood Plan

PUBLISHED: 09:04 28 January 2019 | UPDATED: 09:04 28 January 2019

Enjoy Harpenden More 30/08/2018. Picture: DANNY LOO

Enjoy Harpenden More 30/08/2018. Picture: DANNY LOO

©2018 Danny Loo Photography - all rights reserved

It’s almost time to have your say on Harpenden’s future - but do you know what you’re voting on?

Next month residents have a chance to approve or block the town’s 2018 to 2033 Neighbourhood Plan (NP), which has been put together by a group consisting of community representatives, Harpenden Town Council (HTC) and Harpenden Rural Parish Council.

Covering both Harpenden and Kinsbourne Green, it includes proposals to build a minimum of 23 affordable houses on the former Westfield allotment site; 14 homes each at Pan Auto Services and Jewson on Grove Road; and 34 homes at Harpenden Memorial Hospital. The Southdown Industrial Estate is protected as a key employment location.

If adopted, the plan ensures that 25 per cent of the Community Infrastructure Levy from new developments is spent in Harpenden, on projects such as affordable housing, community facilities, and public transport infrastructure.

St Albans district council (SADC) would also be obliged to consider the document in all Harpenden planning applications.

The vote will take place on February 7 from 7am to 10pm at polling stations around Harpenden - at Wood End School, Crabtree School, All Saints Church Hall, Batford Memorial Hall, Park Hall, St John’s Church Hall, Harpenden Public Halls, and St Nicholas Church Hall.

View the plan at www.harpenden.gov.uk/useruploads//HNP%20-%20OCTOBER%202018V2.pdf

Or see copies at The Town Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-2pm, Harpenden Library, The Elms Medical Practice, Lyndhurst Financial Management (upstairs to the left of the Slug and Lettuce), in Batford Memorial Hall, Southdown Dental Surgery or in the Tax Assist Accountants office at the bottom of Cravells Road.

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