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The votes are in: Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan approved in referendum

PUBLISHED: 15:23 08 February 2019

Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan.

Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan.

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Harpenden has overwhelmingly voiced their approval for the town's Neighbourhood Plan (NP).

In a referendum yesterday (February 7), 4,490 people voted to approve the NP - a document which guides the town’s housing, employment, infrastructure, transport, and green space protection for the next 15 years.

Almost 90 per cent of people voted Yes in the referendum, which saw a 22.4 per cent turnout.

Covering both Harpenden and Kinsbourne Green, the NP 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 also protected as a key employment location.

Community representative Nicola Wyeth, who helped to draft the document, said: “I am absolutely delighted by the result of the NP referendum.

“It is a great success for Harpenden. I would really like to thank all of the residents that engaged with the NP, helped get the message out across Harpenden and voted yesterday.

“A great success for our fabulous town.”

The NP was put together by a Steering Group made up of community representatives, Harpenden Town Council (HTC) and Harpenden Rural Parish Council.

The Steering Group used 3,625 survey responses in three rounds of community engagement to create the NP.

Chair of the NP Steering Group, Cllr Brian Ellis, said: “We are delighted that residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of adopting the Harpenden NP. The plan will help us shape future development in the town.

“It is a truly community led document. Prepared by local residents for local residents.”

Now the NP has been adopted, 25 per cent of the Community Infrastructure Levy from new developments in Harpenden will be spent in the town and St Albans district council are obliged to consider the document in all the area’s planning applications.

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

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