The new District Local Plan and the Ashwell Neighbourhood Plan have now been adopted. See the NHC website
The Ashwell Village Design Statement has now been incorporated into the Neighbourhood Plan.
North Herts Council (NHC) is the Local Planning Authority.
See https://www.north-herts.gov.uk/home/planning for information on planning matters including the new District Local Plan and the Ashwell Neighbourhood Plan.
For significant applications, or if they are aware of a wider village interest, the Parish Council may hold an on-site meeting of the Parish Council’s Planning Committee. See the Parish Council section for Planning Committee agendas and minutes of past meetings. For applications where the Parish Council is not aware of any significant objections, the response to the NHC Planning Officer is usually agreed at a monthly Parish Council meeting.