We were appointed by Harpenden Town Council to support and advise on the preparation of its Neighbourhood Plan. With large green spaces and a historic core, Harpenden boasts an attractive town centre retail offer and fast train links to London, but its popularity has created issues in relation to the attractiveness of employment sites for residential development and affordability of homes. The Town Council was keen to progress the Plan as soon as possible, as the District Council had no up-to-date Development Plan addressing the strategic development of Harpenden.
We supported the Town Council to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for submission within 12 months, an ambitious target that was met without compromising the ability to deliver effective community engagement, undertaken through three comprehensive rounds. The final submitted Plan included policies addressing a range of matters, filling the district-level policy void and seeking to ensure that Harpenden had a proper strategy for growth.
A strong Neighbourhood Plan was submitted within 12 months of initiation and further to examination the Plan was passed at Referendum with over 89% of residents voting in favour.