Ware Town Council

Serving the Local Community

Neighbourhood Plan

Ware Town Council is working on a Neighbourhood Plan to shape the development of Ware for the next 20 years.

What is Neighbourhood Planning?

The Localism Act 2011 introduced statutory Neighbourhood Planning in England. It enables communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan for their area and is intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area (within certain limits and parameters).

These plans will be used to decide the future of the places where you live and work giving opportunities to:

  • choose where you want new homes, shops and offices to be built
  • have your say on what new buildings should look like
  • grant planning permission for the new buildings you want to see go ahead
  • deciding where Community Facilities are required.
  • consult on the use of green spaces around Ware.

For more information visit mycommunityrights.org.uk

Progress so far

The Neighbourhood Plan is being developed by a Steering Group made up of members of the local community. The Steering Group has been thinking about what we would like Ware to be like and what people living here will need in the future. We are developing a vision for Ware but to do this we need to know what people living and working in Ware think. Our first step has been to consult local organisations by visiting them and talking to their members.

The first step in a Neighbourhood Plan is to designate the area to be included in the plan. The Steering Group wanted to include Wodson Park, which is an important part of our town and the sites to the North and East of Ware as these areas had been mentioned as possible sites for development. However, these are all outside the town boundary and fall within the boundary of Wareside Parish Council. It would only be possible to include these areas in our Neighbourhood Plan if we carried out a joint plan with Wareside Parish Council.

The areas to the North and East of Ware have now been included in the Draft East Herts District Plan as a broad location for development with anything from 200 to 3000 houses to be built there. Once this was published the Steering Group approached Wareside Parish Council about preparing a joint Neighbourhood Plan. Wareside Parish Council was unable to agree until there was more certainty around the District Plan.

In order to progress the plan, the Town Council applied to East Herts Council to designate the boundary of Ware Town Council as the area for inclusion in the Neighbourhood Plan. This application has now been withdrawn pending further certainty regarding the District Plan. East Herts Council expects to publish Material Amendments to the District Plan after the elections. Once these have been published, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering group will meet to consider whether to submit a new application, hopefully with Wareside Parish Council, in addition to working with the District Council as a key stakeholder through the Development Plan Document to influence the broad location area at a later stage.

For general information on the Neighbourhood Plan please contact Jill Rowlinson (Town Clerk) at townclerk@waretowncouncil.gov.uk

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