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Have a Voice - Here's How

Ages ago on the Civic Society page I made it quite clear that Buntingford was being targeted by a number of developers. It’s not surprising – it’s their job!

My piece, if I recall correctly, was headed ’North, East, South and West’ to capture what was happening or about to happen. Well, now we know. South, Barratts and Prologis; North, Ermine Street housing and what else to come; East, Taylor Wimpey and 160 houses and flats, and now also the ambitions of Wheatley Homes leading off Snells Mead. The West is relatively quiet, unless you live in Longmead or perhaps Greenways – almost forgot there is a lot of infilling, so don’t discount it!

If those in authority (elected or officers) cared at all about fulfilling the obligations contained in the ‘Localism Bill’ and ‘National Planning Policy Framework’, Buntingford would not be subject to such opportunistic development. In the absence of an agreed District Plan there is no certainty that essential infrastructure will be put in place, the need for sustainability will be ignored. There should not be any approvals until the District Plan has been subject to consultation and agreed.

A challenge to you all: inform yourself on the planning process. Visit the Civic Voice website which will give you top quality information and explore the links on this website.

Make a point of reviewing planning applications and make your specific objections known to East Herts Council Planning and Buntingford Town Council. Your objections must be based on specific aspects of the application in question, but there is nothing wrong in commenting on how it contradicts your vision of Buntingford and those of your family.

There is nothing inappropriate in being call a nimby, for if you don’t care about your home town you can be sure nobody else will. Readers who are not members of the Civic Society, now is the time to join. Members, this is a call to become highly active, so get in touch – there’s a job to be done.

Best wishes to all for the Christmas celebrations and to a positive New Year for Buntingford and surrounding villages.

Derek K Cooper,

Chairman, Buntingford Civic Society

Footnote: The Executive Panel is set to discuss the East Herts District Plan at a meeting on 28 November. Click here to read more on a wide range of items related to the District Plan discussed at that meeting.

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