Work on the Neighbourhood Plan was temporarily put on hold for 6 months as a result of St Albans District Council’s (SADC) legal battles over the Strategic Local Plan (SLP). A Judicial Review was held in June and the judge dismissed the Council’s case, meaning the plan has been withdrawn and they will have to begin the process again. As a new SLP will take a few years to complete, the working party has decided to push on now with work on Redbourn’s Neighbourhood Plan.

Redbourn Neighbourhood Plan Recap

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led document which shapes and influences future growth and development in an area. It allows local people to have a say over where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, provides the ability to protect green spaces and identify the infrastructure needed due to new development. As a result of several community engagement events and projects over the last few years, the Redbourn Neighbourhood Plan working party has identified 4 sites providing residential development of approximately 144 homes. The residential sites are: Land to the east of Redbourn at Ver Meadows (approx. 100 homes), land off Blackhorse Lane (11-14 homes) land off Dunstable Road by the Leisure Centre (12 homes ) and land at the back of Scout farm on Dunstable Road (approximately 18 homes). One site identified for employment use off Gaddesden Lane has been discounted now and so this and other issues of parking in the village are being further explored by the working party.

Next Steps

On 2nd January 2018 the Redbourn Neighbourhood Plan working party will be launching a public consultation which will run for just over 6 weeks until 16th February. More in depth details will be shared with the community at local events, plus information provided on noticeboards, websites and via social media. Copies of the draft plan will be also be made available for people to read at various locations in the village.

For more information see www.redbournplan.org.uk or contact Becky Firth Community Officer on: 01582 794832 or via email: co@redbournparishcouncil.gov.uk

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