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   Hunsdon, Eastwick and Gilston (HEG) Neighbourhood Plan    14 September, 2019

Hunsdon, Eastwick and Gilston (HEG) Neighbourhood Plan

The East Herts District Plan provides for 10,000 homes to be built in the Gilston Area, as a result of the Green Belt being removed. In exchange for the release of our Green Belt land, we were promised development of exceptional quality and 1,000 acres of community owned open space. The residents of Hunsdon, Eastwick and Gilston have joined forces and formed a Neighbourhood Plan Group to engage with the developers and authorities in order to represent the local communities and safeguard the communities’ interests. We need your support and encouragement again to make sure this happens. We have written an Explanatory Note and a Draft HEG Neighbourhood Plan building on the Concept Framework, which include your views from previous workshops and consultations, as well as professional advice from experts. By having an agreed Neighbourhood Plan it can be used to influence the key design and infrastructure decisions for the Gilston Area. Legally, developers will have to pay attention to our Neighbourhood Plan when putting forward their final planning applications and any planning decisions will have to give due consideration to it. It's a real chance for our community to shape the future of our neighbourhood and the proposed development. We want to capture the views of the whole community and invite you to give your comments and feedback before we develop the Plan further.  You can read the full draft Plan here and the Explanatory Note here Paper copies will also be available at The Plume of Feathers in Gilston, The Lion in Eastwick, St Mary's Church in Gilston, St Botolph's Church in Eastwick, Hunsdon Village Hall (meeting room - during surgery hours Monday and Friday mornings), and from Neighbourhood Plan Group members. Our consultation period runs for six weeks from September 14th to October 26th. We need you to input your support and comments at the consultation sessions or in writing with a letter or email. We hope that you and members of your household will join one of our upcoming public consultation sessions:

September 14th St Mary's Church, Gilston

10am-1pm with a presentation at 11am Gilston Lane, Gilston, CM20 2RJ

September 21st Hunsdon Village Hall

3pm-6pm with a presentation at 5pm 45 High Street, Hunsdon, Ware, SG12 8NJ

September 28th St Botolph's Church, Eastwick

10am-1pm with a presentation at 11am Eastwick Hall Lane, Eastwick, CM20 2QY

If you can't make it to any of the sessions, you can still let your voice be heard. Please email:, or post/hand-deliver your response to: Hunsdon, Eastwick and Gilston Neighbourhood Plan Group, c/o Channocks Farm, Gilston Nr Harlow, CM20 2RL

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