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Housing Register & Allocation

Policy of East Herts District Council relating to the allocation of social housing.

Housing Register & Allocations Policy

External Audit July 2016

Notice of Conclusion of Audit
Minor Issues Report
Signed-off Audit

Parish Council Meetings 2016

These are the dates and times of the Parish Council meetings for 2016.

Calendar of meetings 2016

Village Boundary

As published by East Herts District Council in 2014.

Village Boundary

Widford Conservation Area

These pages were taken from the draft Conservation Appraisal which was published in 2011.

Widford Conservation Area 2011 Draft

East Herts New Homes Bonus

New Homes Bonus advice EHC 2016_17

LAIS 1388 Planning Changes

Government proposals for dramatic changes to the planning process.

LAIS Planning Proposals

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 Parish Councils Bill

Draft District Plan (Note this is now out of date)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.

VILLAGE POLICY – Discussion Paper
Summary of Planning Changes

2016 Budget and Precept

Pie Chart
2016 Budget