Baldock campaigners urge public to take part in housing consultation

Campaigners are urging the public to take part in the Local Plan consultation.

Campaigners are urging the public to take part in the Local Plan consultation. - Credit: Archant

A campaigning group is urging the public to take part in a housing consultation.

Save Rural Baldock held a meeting at the community centre on last week with councillors and an MP explaining the consultation process for North Herts District Council’s Local Plan which sets out the housing requirement from 2011 until 2031.

Nine sites making up 3,414 houses have been allocated to be built in and around Baldock, including one of 2,800 dwellings at the Blackhorse Farm site to the north of the town.

The meeting was chaired by Baldock area committee councillors Andrew Young and Jim McNally, with MP for North East Herts Sir Oliver Heald and Councillor David Levett, responsible for planning and enterprise at the council, answering questions.

A spokesman for Save Rural Baldock said: “It is now up to each and every one living in Baldock to complete their form with their considered views and to return it to the council offices by 5pm on Friday, February 6.

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“We hope to deliver a form to every house in Baldock over the next couple of weeks to encourage people to take part.”

A second meeting has been scheduled for January 31.

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Sir Oliver was also the guest speaker for a public meeting attended by more than 200 people at Ashwell Primary School on Saturday to discuss the future of housing in the village.

Ashwell’s draft allocation contains 69 homes for the period, including 33 houses on land west of Claybush Road, and 28 homes which permission has already been granted for.

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