NHDC Local Plan Policies
- 1 Introduction
- 1.1 Spacial Strategy and Strategic Policies
- 1.2 Spacial Strategy
- 1.3 Strategic Policies
- 1.3.1 SP2 High Level Allocation of sites
- 1.3.2 SP3 - Employment Land
- 1.3.3 sp4 Town and local centres
- 1.3.4 SP5 - Countryside and Green Belt
- 1.3.5 SP6 - Transport
- 1.3.6 SP7 - Infrastructure Requirements and Developer Contributions
- 1.3.7 SP8 - Housing
- 1.3.8 SP9 - Design
- 1.3.9 SP10 - Healthy Communities
- 1.3.10 SP11 - Natural Resources and Sustainability
- 1.3.11 SP12 - Green Infrastructure
- 1.4 SP13 - Historic Environment
- 2 Development Management Policies
- 2.1 Economy and Town Centres
- 2.1.1 ETC1 - Uses in Employment Areas
- 2.1.2 ETC2 - Employment outside of designated Employment Areas
- 2.1.3 ETC3 - New Retail & Town Centre Devt.
- 2.1.4 ETC4 - Shopping frontages
- 2.1.5 ETC5 - Shopping frontages in secondary areas
- 2.1.6 ETC6 - Local Centres
- 2.1.7 ETC7 - 'Scattered' Shops
- 2.1.8 ETC8 - Tourism
- 2.2 Countryside and Green Belt
- 2.3 Transport
- 2.4 Housing Strategy
- 2.5 Design Strategy
- 2.6 Healthy Communities
- 2.7 Natural Environment
- 2.7.1 NE1 - Landscape Impact
- 2.7.2 NE2 - Green Infrastructure
- 2.7.3 NE4 - Open Spaces
- 2.7.4 NE5 - New Public Spaces
- 2.7.5 NE6 - Designated Biodiversity
- 2.7.6 NE8 - Flood Risk Reduction
- 2.7.7 NE9a - Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems
- 2.7.8 NE10 - Water Framework Directive
- 2.7.9 NE11 - Contaminated Land
- 2.7.10 NE12 (NE4 in my draft) Renewable Energy Policy
- 2.8 Heritage Policies
- 2.1 Economy and Town Centres
- 3 Communities
This is an overview of the Strategy and Policies part of the Local Plan, which is still in draft. The draft was presented to the meeting of the North Herts District Council, on a meeting on the 20th July. The minutes of the meeting may be read here. The draft may be accessed here.
Spacial Strategy and Strategic Policies
SP1 Sustainable Development
Highest level of guff about sustainability. No actual definition.
SP2 High Level Allocation of sites
Defines categories of villages
SP3 - Employment Land
Mainly about towns, defines appropriate mix of ABC use classes.
sp4 Town and local centres
Mainly about retail permission
SP5 - Countryside and Green Belt
Village boundaries, rural areas beyond GB (some in Knebworth Ward), movement of GB boundaries.
SP6 - Transport
Some general stuff about transport, but note that most of this is in the (county level?) Infrastructure Delivery Plan and Local Transport Plan. These are referenced. I have not read them. I am pretty sure they don't offer much to Knebworth.
SP7 - Infrastructure Requirements and Developer Contributions
This policy defines what a new development needs in terms of infrastructure, and the obligations on the developer to contribute to its being built. The word 'stringent' is used, which has a special planning meaning. Beefing this up might make some or all sites around Knebworth uneconomic.
SP8 - Housing
This is where the overall targets are specified.
SP9 - Design
This includes size and, like so many other places, 'sustainability'.
SP10 - Healthy Communities
Facilities for health, and for recreation.
SP11 - Natural Resources and Sustainability
Includes flooding, although there are overlaps with [XXX]
SP12 - Green Infrastructure
Statement that environment will be protected.
SP13 - Historic Environment
SP14 - SP19 - Strategic Sites
These are the large (>500 dwellings) around the major towns. They require 'master plans'. Note that although the total of Knebworth sites is >500 they are not all the same site, so no master plan is required under the current draft Plan.
Development Management Policies
Economy and Town Centres
ETC1 - Uses in Employment Areas
ETC2 - Employment outside of designated Employment Areas
ETC3 - New Retail & Town Centre Devt.
ETC4 - Shopping frontages
ETC5 - Shopping frontages in secondary areas
ETC6 - Local Centres
ETC7 - 'Scattered' Shops
New shops in Knebworth would fall into this policy
ETC8 - Tourism
Countryside and Green Belt
CGB1 - Rural Areas beyond GB
CGB2 - Exception Sites
Developments permitted in GB, such as community devt and some affordable housing
CGB3 - Rural Workers' Dwellings
CGB4 - Existing Rural Buildings
Note that transport is also the concern of the Infrastructure Delivery Policy and the Local Transport Policy, which are County-level policies, which I have not read.
T1 - Transport
Inter alia sets thresholds above which transport assessments must be done for planning applications.
T2 - Parking Policy
New policy on this: minimum 1 parking space. Houses with 2+ bedrooms: minimum of 2 parking spaces. Garages must be 7m x 3m internally to count. 'Car Parking Standards' appendix.
HS1 - Local Housing Allocations
HS2 - Affordable Housing
HS3 - Housing mix
HS4 - Sheltered (etc) Housing
HS5 - Accessible Housing
Accessible for wheelchair users etc.: minimum proportion in larger devts.
HS6 - Relative and Dependents Accomm
D1 - Design
D3 - Protecting living Conditions
Considerations of traffic, pollution, sunlight, overlooking, dominance etc.
D4 - Air Quality
Very important where sites near major roads which may suffer from congestion.
HC1 - Community Facilities
Preservation of health &c facilities
NE1 - Landscape Impact
NE2 - Green Infrastructure
(See also SP12.) This is a more positive statement that PP will be granted to applications that enhance biodiversity etc.
NE4 - Open Spaces
Protection of open spaces
NE5 - New Public Spaces
Encouragement of in planning system
NE6 - Designated Biodiversity
Specific protection for e.g. SSSI.
NE8 - Flood Risk Reduction
NE9a - Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems
NE10 - Water Framework Directive
NE11 - Contaminated Land
NE12 (NE4 in my draft) Renewable Energy Policy
HE1 - Design Heritage Assets
HE2 - Heritage at Risk
HE3 - Local Heritage
HE4 - Archaelogy Policy
This is where all the plans relating to specific sites are located. For Knebworth the relevant sections are KB1, KB2, KB3 and KB4.