Housing Register & Allocation
Policy of East Herts District Council relating to the allocation of social housing.
External Audit July 2016
Parish Council Meetings 2016
These are the dates and times of the Parish Council meetings for 2016.
As published by East Herts District Council in 2014.
Widford Conservation Area
These pages were taken from the draft Conservation Appraisal which was published in 2011.
East Herts New Homes Bonus
LAIS 1388 Planning Changes
Government proposals for dramatic changes to the planning process.
Draft Parish Councils’ Bill
The consultation document LAIS 1388 has now progressed and has been published as a Draft Bill. It would appear that some of the more contentious ideas have been removed and the Bill now includes a number of more positive proposals. These include consultation on the use of Section 106 money and the New Homes Bonus. There is also a requirement for local authorities to protect parishes from speculative development while their Neighbourhood Plans are being produced. Importantly the Bill also gives Parish Councils the right of appeal against planning decisions that they do not agree with.
Draft District Plan (Note this is now out of date)
As you will be aware East Herts have proposed that Widford becomes a Group 1 village and the Parish Council have been fighting the decision for some time. East Herts desperately need to identify sustainable villages suitable for development in order to meet their plan targets. Topic Maps and, more recently, the Village Hierarchy exercises were designed to identify smaller villages which could be moved up into Group 1 and identified as being suitable for development. This has been very unpopular and East Herts District Council have had a rethink. They have published a discussion document which they believe will resolve the problem and allow development to continue virtually unhindered. The paper is being circulated as the impact on Widford will be significant. Paragraph 12 states that the current fixed development boundaries will be removed allowing each development to be assessed on its own merits both within and adjacent to the main built up area. It is also suggested that the only control over development would be the Neighbourhood Plan, which is unfortunate as we do not have one.
2016 Budget and Precept