Consultation on proposed submission Neighbourhood Plan – Regulation 16

Ashwell Parish Council submitted their neighbourhood plan to North Hertfordshire District Council on 5 February 2021.  

Consultation will take place between Tuesday 2 March and Thursday 15 April 2021.

Copies of the Ashwell Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documentation are available to view on North Hertfordshire District Council’s website:


Representations can be made:

Online :

Email :

Post : Strategic Planning and Projects Group, NHDC, PO Box 10613, Nottingham, NG6 6DW


To make your representations on the Neighbourhood Plan:

When making your representation to the Neighbourhood Plan, you should consider whether the plan meets the basic conditions, set out below. The basic conditions statement prepared by Ashwell Parish Council may help you understand what these are and whether Ashwell Parish Council considers that they have met these requirements.

The basic conditions for Neighbourhood Plans are

  • Having regard to national policies and advice contained in guidance issued by the Secretary of State, this includes the National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance;
  • How the plan contributes to the achievement of sustainable development;
  • The general conformity of the plan with the strategic policies of the development plan for North Hertfordshire District Council; and
  • The compatibility of the plan with EU obligations.


When making your representation to NHDC, please give as many details as possible about the Policy or Section you are commenting. Please be aware that all comments and representations will be made publicly available, including on the NHDC website, but personal details will be redacted. For further information, please see the NHDC Privacy Statement. Anonymous responses will not be accepted.


Once the consultation period has ended, all the comments will be collated and forwarded to an independent examiner. The Examiner will be testing whether the plan meets the basic conditions and other legal requirements. The neighbourhood plan examination is different to a local plan examination in that the examiner is not testing the “soundness” of the plan or looking at other material considerations. It is anticipated that the examination will be held without a public hearing but by the way of written representations. However, an examiner may choose to hold a public hearing if they consider that is necessary.’


The Parish Council will also be providing all relevant Neighbourhood Plan documents on this website once all necessary redactions have been completed. A further website news item will tell you when this has been done. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact the PC Clerk or any Parish Councillor.


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