Planning threat to village – join the protest!
No

PERA in call to join new development protest

New plans drawn up by Dacorum Borough Council threaten to engulf our historic village with a massive new housing development, dwarfing even the one set to be built on Marchmont Fields. PERA has drawn up a guide on how you can join the growing protest against the latest plan which would totally surround the village.

Here is what you can do, but there is not much time.

TO PROTEST YOU NEED TO ACT BY WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13TH.

 

LOOK
Look at the projected housing map
http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/docs/default-source/strategic-planning/local-plan—issues-and-options—consultation-final—13-november-2017.pdf?sfvrsn=21
and see that Piccotts End will be surrounded by houses by 2036 unless you act individually.

  • Remember there are options …
  • Option 1 is the lower housing target, Option 2 is Dacorum’s target, and Option 3 is a possible new higher government target.
  • Separately, there are also Option a -build only in Dacorum towns, Option b – build only in Hemel, and Option c – spread the building equitably over Dacorum.
  • So Option 1c – meaning taking the lower housing target and spread it- will provide much needed homes and save Piccotts End and the green belt for posterity.

ACT

  • THE BEST response is to answer the 48 questions in Dacorum’s Proposed New Local Plan https://dacorum-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/planning/lp/io/io
  •  Allow 5 minutes per question. You will firstly read the previous section on which your answer is based, then you will see other peoples’ responses before you answer. The questions are not difficult and are sensible … have a go.
  • THE NEXT BEST is to send an email to (Strategic.Planning@dacorum.gov.ukand answer questions (insert Michael’s recommendations). Look at the reverse of this flier to see the sort of answer you may like to write. Remember to use your own words and give your name and address.

ALMOST AS GOOD is to write (Strategic Planning and Regeneration, Dacorum Borough Council,                                   The Forum, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 IDNinstead of sending an email.

HELP

PERA suggestions for responses to the consultation
The consultation document says that Dacorum must update its plan and produce a new one with larger numbers of dwellings. It suggests this might be one of three numbers: 602 using a government-based figure, 756 using the adjusted numbers in the Dacorum “Strategic Housing Market Assessment”, and 1100 using a different proposed government formula. Whichever growth number is chosen, three options for where to build are presented: Option a – all the new development in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring, Option b – all of the new development in Hemel Hempstead and Option c spreads the development around the Borough according to the “settlement hierarchy”.
If you are short of time, there is no need to respond to every question in the consultation, just register your dislike of those aspects of it which affect Piccotts End. It is suggested that you respond to only 3 of the questions – but it is essential that you respond in your own words.  These are questions 16, 41 and 46, which are as follows:
Question 16: Which figure of housing need do you think is the most reasonable to use as the starting point when setting our housing target?
It is suggested you recommend Option 1, the government requirement. The lower figure which satisfies the nation’s perceived need appears an excellent starting point.
Question 41: Is Option 1C your preferred option for delivering the growth needs of the Borough? 
It is suggested that “Yes” as it is the most equitable approach as it spreads the pain, but also any benefits, that might derive from development and does the least damage.
Question 46: Do you have any feedback on any of the sites contained in the Draft Schedule of Site Appraisals or the Sustainability Appraisal working note which accompanies it?
A reply could be something along the lines of one or two of the following:

  • “Yes” I object to the proposals covering the tracts of land referred to in the draft Plan as HH-h1a, HH-h1b and HH-h2 as they would completely envelope the Piccotts End Conservation area with newly built homes,
  •  Is Dacorum fully justified in building on the Green Belt,
  •  Such a large development will bring large numbers of vehicles onto the Leighton Buzzard Road – already there are jams on that road extending from the Moor End roundabout,
  •  There will be a greatly increased risk of flooding in and around Piccotts End – recent flooding due to run-off from the local fields has only just recently been resolved,
  • Will the increase in water requirements cause the river Gade, an example of a rare Chiltern chalk stream, to dry up.

WE REALISE THAT TO FILL IN THE FORM WILL ENTAIL A LOT OF WORK AT SHORT  NOTICE.
BUT IF WE ARE TO SAVE THE VILLAGE FROM THE CLUTCHES OF THE PLANNERS & DEVELOPERS EVERY PROTEST WILL COUNT.

David Stanier
Chairman
Piccotts End Residents' Association