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North Hertfordshire District Council Local Plan - update
Important new documents have been posted on the North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) website about the Local Plan; these include the proposed changes ('Main Modifications') which NHDC has made to the Local Plan in response to the Inspector's comments.

Initial reading is not encouraging: while some minor beneficial changes have been proposed associated with the four sites in Ickleford, none of these sites has been removed from the Local Plan or radically reduced in size. A further public consultation on these changes will start in the coming weeks. Members of the Parish Council and your District Councillor, Harry Spencer-Smith, are reviewing the documents carefully, and will participate in the consultation process. We encourage residents to do likewise.

21 November 2018

Message from the Ickleford Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
The Ickleford Neighbourhood Plan is your chance to influence the future of the village. Have your say and tell us what issues matter to you.Every house in the Parish should now have received our flyer. Thank you to everyone who has filled theirs in and dropped it off.

 If you haven’t already done so, please get in touch and tell us:
- What you like about Ickleford
- How it could be improved
- What you would like to see in any new development that may come

You can complete the form on the back of the flyer, visit our new website, or email us at ideas@icklefordnp.comPlease join our Facebook group, Ickleford Neighbourhood Plan, to find out the latest news.

Impact of new estimates of housing needs on the NHDC Local Plan - an update
We advised you a few weeks ago that the Inspector of the North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) Local Plan had asked NHDC to comment on the lower estimates of housing needs based on the latest projection for household growth in England published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). NHDC has posted its response to the Inspector on its website – please click here to view.

In summary, NHDC believes that it would be inappropriate to amend the proposed housing numbers within the Local Plan based on the ONS report. This is disappointing – but perhaps not surprising – news. It will, of course, be for the Inspector to decide whether NHDC’s rationale for retaining their original housing need projection is valid.

Ickleford & Lower Stondon session of the
Examination in Public
Links to the presentations made at the Hearing are include below for your reference:
Main presentation
Education presentation
Concluding statement

Submission for the Examination in Public
- NHDC Draft Local Plan
At the Ickleford Parish Council meeting on 4 January 2018, our submission and supporting appendices for the Ickleford and Lower Stondon session of the Examination in Public (EiP) were reviewed and approved.

Proposed Submission 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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