The Submission Draft of the Neighbourhood Plan is Almost Complete


Thank you to everyone who responded to the Regulation 14 Consultation.

We have reviewed all the comments and have revised the plan, as appropriate, based on these. We have received responses from both residents and consultees (organisations with an interest in or responsibility for our parish). The slideshow showing thumbnail extracts from the plan has been updated to match the new version.

We are currently on schedule to have this “submission draft” ready for submission to NHDC under Regulation 15 around the middle of April 2018. This then leads to the formal consultation conducted by NHDC (Regulation 16), which should start during May.

Once the Regulation 16 Consultation starts the plan and supporting documents will be available to view and download from both the NHDC website and this website.

Consultation, Survey and Results Documents

You can find the published draft versions of the  plan (with supporting documents), survey questionnaires and results via the Your Say page.

Progress and Next Steps

The Neighbourhood Plan will describe our shared vision of what is important to us and how we want the Parish to develop over the next 13 years. The plan must have appropriate regard to national policy and conform to the strategic elements of the local plan. It must be compatible with EU obligations and the planning consultant will advise us on a Strategic Environmental Assessment. Needless to say it must also be based on up to date and robust evidence.

We are have mostly finished updating the draft plan ready for submission under Regulation 15. There are a small number of outstanding technical queries of a planning nature on which we are waiting for replies. Once those are resolved we will finish tidying up any formatting issues resulting from changes and submit the plan.

  • Stage 1 –
    • Define the Neighbourhood Plan area
    • Determine if the parishioners would like a Neighbourhood Plan for Preston
  • Stage 2 –
    • Survey – consult residents about their wishes for the parish
    • Obtain grants towards costs of survey and publicity
    • Analyse and present survey results
    • Gather other information
    • Define the objectives of the Neighbourhood Plan
    • Engage volunteers for specific projects
    • Draft Plan based on objectives
In Progress – completing April 2018
  • Stage 3
    • Consult residents on Draft Objectives
    • Review and refine objectives and draft plan, incorporating comments on objectives
      • Draft Plan
      • Appendices
      • Basic Conditions Statement
      • Consultation Statement
    • Select independent Consultant to advise on the draft plan and to ensure that all relevant criteria and legislation are fully met
    • Obtain grant towards cost of professional help
    • Engage independent Consultant
    • Work with consultant to finalise draft plan for Regulation 14
    • Informal consultation (Regulation 14)
    • Produce next draft of the plan based on the consultation results
    • Submit draft plan to North Herts District Council (Regulation 15)
Planned 2018

The following stages are organised and paid for by North Herts District Council.

  • Stage 4 – Conduct formal round of public consultation (Regulation 16)
  • Stage 5 – Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan by an independent examiner – to ensure it meets all statutory obligations.
  • Stage 6 – Referendum conducted by North Herts District Council – assuming the examiner recommends that our draft plan can proceed.

For a fuller description of the stages in producing the plan please visit the Our Future page.

How it all began

Our Parliament passed the Localism Act in 2012. This new Act gives all communities, for the first time ever, the legal right and opportunity to prepare their own Neighbourhood Plan. Such a plan sets out policies to guide development and the use of land in a parish or a neighbourhood. Once approved by NHDC, the plan becomes part of the statutory planning process.

At a public meeting, in our Village Hall on 26th June 2016, a large majority of the 35 residents attending voted in favour of producing a Neighbourhood Plan for this parish. Some residents volunteered to form the Steering Group, and to be responsible for producing the plan. Others have volunteered to be involved in different ways.

This is our parish – we are concerned about our future – we want everyone in the parish to have their say to help shape that future.