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    RobertinKnebworth
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    I’m told there is a concept of an ‘Emerging plan’ which, if produced, has to be accepted as guidance to planners. Unfortunately I don’t know what the definition of an ‘Emerging plan’ is.


  • RobertinKnebworth
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    @Jonathan I encountered your colleague Shusheel at a Sustainability event last week and subsequently looked at Harpenden’s Neighbourhhod Plan.

    I had been sad for those working on other Neighbourhood plans, putting in a lot of effort but who don’t appear to have taken advantage of the excellent opportunity to improve their localities, and was determined that Knebworth’s should. I’ve looked through the Harpenden Neighbourhhod Plan and am most impressed! Harpenden has a LOT of policies and have taken Sustainability VERY seriously:-)


  • RobertinKnebworth
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    Hello,
    As my Username indicates I’m Robert working on the Neighbourhood plan in the village of Knebworth, Hertfordshire. My subject area is Housing. I’ve looked at a lot of Neighbourhood plans online and have been somewhat disappointed by the lack of ambition in them.

    Our Local plan, which is currently in front of the Inspector, presents us with between 650 and 700 additional dwellings-about a 33% increase.

    The Neighbourhood plan appears to be a great opportunity to produce a plan appropriate for the needs created by the demographic and environmental trends.


  • RobertinKnebworth
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    Thanks Nik.
    Our village is schedule to receive 3 sites of around 200 homes each. So as well as needing a mixture of sizes in each site the community facilities need to be appropriate. Two of the sites are a significant distance from the Village centre up a hill, with one road dividing them, so probably need their own community meeting place(s) for coffee, etc.

    Policies base on ‘Lifetime homes’ would be valuable.

    I don’t see any point in them having garages as no one puts a car in a garage. But obviously they’ll need Electric charging points.

    I understand that Gas central heating is now passed it’s ‘Use by date’ and renewable electricity is the future.

    Any assistance with relevant polices used in Neighbourhood plans would be appreciated, thanks


  • RobertinKnebworth
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    For anyone looking at Retail / High street I recommend listening to yesterday’s Moneybox programme on Radio 4. Harpenden gets a mention.


  • RobertinKnebworth
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    Jonathan I encountered your colleague Shusheel at a Sustainability event last week and subsequently looked at Harpenden’s Neighbourhhod Plan.

    I had been sad for those working on other Neighbourhood plans, putting in a lot of effort but who don’t appear to have taken advantage of the excellent opportunity to improve their localities, and was determined that Knebworth’s should. I’ve looked through the Harpenden Neighbourhhod Plan and am most impressed! Harpenden has a LOT of policies and have taken Sustainability VERY seriously:-)


  • RobertinKnebworth
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    Nik,
    Your website helpfully led me to the Center for Sustainable Energy website and their free documents.

    The forward to their guidebook, written by the Town and COuntry planning association,says:

    The changes we will all experience as a result of climate change mean that any plan made now that does not consider
    climate change and energy as central themes will simply not be fit for purpose. Despite their
    popularity, recent research has shown that the overwhelming majority of plans already adopted
    simply do not consider these issues in any meaningful sense.
    Neighbourhood plans will be in force
    for 15-20 years. If they are to successfully help communities deal with the future we will actually
    experience, they must move away from the narrow focus on accommodating housing that has
    blighted local planning in general, and move to an approach that plans for resilient, sustainable
    communities in a genuinely holistic sense.


  • RobertinKnebworth
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    Becky,
    I’m looking for Housing policies, particularly successful ones. Have you got any good examples?

    Thanks in advance.

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