The Neighbourhood Plan is currently On Hold

The Preston Neighbourhood Plan must adhere to the policies of the North Hertfordshire Local Plan. Because this is delayed, NHDC have advised that the Preston Neighbourhood Plan should be placed on hold until it can be amended following the publication of the final version of the Local Plan. Once amended, Regulation 16 will be re-run, prior to the Neighbourhood Plan being submitted for examination. Preston residents will be kept updated via the newsletter, PNS and this website.

The Formal Public Consultation (Regulation 16) comments are available online

All the Regulation 16 comments received by NHDC are on their website via this link .

Further information, copies of the plan and associated documents can be found on the North Herts District Council website by following this link

You can also view or download a copy of the Submission Version of the Plan from this website by following this link …

Preston Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2018 – 2031
Submission Version 2018

There are two additional documents that are part of the statutory Neigbourhood Plan process, which are also available using these links …

Basic Conditions Statement
Submission Version 2018

Consultation Statement
Submission Version 2018

These documents (as well as copies of the Questionnaires, Survey Results and Regulation 14 Draft Plan) are also available via the Your Say page.

Progress and Next Steps

The Neighbourhood Plan describes our shared vision of what is important to us and how we want the Parish to develop over the next 13 years. The plan has appropriate regard to national policy and conforms to the strategic elements of the emerging local plan. It is compatible with EU obligations. Needless to say it is also based on up to date and robust evidence.

Once the local plan is finalised, the Preston Parish Neighbourhood Plan will be updated and Regulation 16 re-run.

Completed – September 2017
  • 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
Competed – April 2018
  • Stage 3
    • Consult residents on Draft Objectives
    • Review and refine objectives and draft plan, incorporating comments on objectives
    • 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 and work with independent 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)
Competed – Summer 2018
  • Stage 4 – Conduct formal round of public consultation (Regulation 16)
On Hold Pending Finalisation of The Local Plan
Planned: Autumn 2018 – Early 2019
  • Stage 3 revisited – Update plan in line with any changes in the finalised Local Plan and addressing Regulation 16 comments.

The following 3 stages are organised and paid for by North Herts District Council.

  • Stage 4 revisited – Conduct formal round of public consultation (Regulation 16)
    • Consultation
    • Collate comments
  • 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.