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LS1 planning application submitted
A planning application for site LS1 has been submitted to NHDC under the name ‘Land to the east of Bedford Road and west of Old Ramerick Manor, Bedford Road, Ickleford’. This is for the residential development of 185 dwellings comprising 27 x 1 bedroom apartments; 19 x 2 bedroom apartments; 18 x 2 bedroom houses; 56 x 3 bedroom houses; 61 x 4 bedroom houses; and 4 x 5 bedroom houses; new vehicular access onto Bedford Road, associated garages and car parking space, public open space, landscaping and ancillary works.

Information can be found in the ‘Planning’ section of the NHDC website by clicking here, then under the reference 17/02175/1. The Parish Council has secured an extension to the response deadline to early November to enable discussion at our meetings on 4 October and 2 November. These meetings will be held in Ickleford Village Hall from 7.30pm if you would like to talk with the parish councillors about this planning application.

Update from the meeting with Bim Afolami MP on
20 September

Members of Ickleford Parish Council, along with colleagues from other villages in north Herts, had a very positive meeting with our MP, Bim Afolami, on 20 September about the planning and development pressures in rural communities. Mr Afolami acknowledged the many flaws in the planning system, and has arranged a meeting with the Leader of NHDC, Cllr Lynda Needham, to review in some detail the impact of the NHDC Local Plan. To aid his discussions, we have provided Mr Afolami with information on the possible consequences of the proposed developments in Ickleford. That letter can be found here.

Mr Afolami advised that he would update us on the outcomes of his meeting with Cllr Needham, and has requested a follow-up meeting with us towards the end of the year to advise on his progress on other actions he is undertaking in this sphere.

Local Plan News from the Parish Council - September 2017
At the September meeting, your Parish Council agreed to formalise links with the Save our Green Belt in North Herts (SOGB) group.

Please click here for more information on this decision as well as our attendance at a meeting on 20 September between our MP, Bim Afolami, and parish councils in his constituency about planning issues. There is also an update on our Freedom of Information (FOI) request to NHDC about site LS1 and the draft Local Plan published recently by Central Bedfordshire Council.

Map of Ickleford Parish
Please click here to view a map showing the Ickleford parish boundary for your reference.

Ickleford Mill planning application submitted
A planning application has been submitted  for up to 71 dwellings on the site of the former Bowman’s Mill. Information can be found in the ‘Planning’ section of the NHDC website under the reference 17/01955/1. Please click here to access the planning section.

The deadline for submitting comments is Thursday 5 October. The Parish Council  will be discussing this planning application at the next monthly meeting on Wednesday 4 October.

The Ickleford Neighbourhood Plan – your chance to help shape the future of your village
The Parish Council believes that it would be a promising idea to create a Neighbourhood Plan to help shape the future of our village, and we are asking for your help to do so. The Plan would be sponsored and supported by Ickleford Parish Council, but needs to be driven by a team made up from the wider village community.  It would be the team’s responsibility to create the Vision, Objectives and Policies which make up the Plan.

Further information can be found here, and please do contact Cllr Miles Maxwell if you are interested in getting involved or would like to find out more - miles.maxwell@icklefordpc.com  or 17 Witter Avenue, Ickleford, SG5 3UF

Proposed Submission Local Plan
The Government has appointed a Planning Inspector to oversee an Examination in Public which is predicted to take place in autumn 2017. All of the responses from the latest consultation will be submitted in full for the Inspector’s consideration.

Background information about the Local Plan
The Local Plan 2011-2031 Proposed Submission Document can be viewed here, and information on the four sites proposed for Ickleford is on pages 169-171 and pages 190-191. A map showing the location of the four sites can be found here.

Response from Ickleford Parish Council
The Parish Council submitted responses for all Ickleford sites. We have included our responses below for your information:
- Site ICISite IC2; Site IC3; Site LS1
- Supporting information from Ickleford Parish Council
- DCLG Letter about Green Belt
- Department for Transport car ownership figures

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