North Herts District Council’s draft Local Plan passed by 32 votes to seven at late night meeting in Letchworth

North Herts District Council offices in Letchworth.

North Herts District Council offices in Letchworth. - Credit: Archant

The draft Local Plan for North Herts was passed at a council meeting in Letchworth last night.

The plan – which shapes housing policy in our area up to 2031 – proposes to balance the need for development in order to provide 14,600 new homes in the district to meet local needs.

The meeting was held at North Herts Leisure Centre in Letchworth with 32 councillors voting in favour of the plan and only seven against. Five abstained.

Councillor David Levett, responsible for planning, said: “This is an opportunity for new homes to be provided for the future generation.

“The plan takes into account infrastructure, employment and retail opportunities to achieve this.”

The full plan set to be discussed at September’s cabinet for approval. A statutory six-week consultation will then take place this autumn before it’s submitted to the Secretary of State by March 2017.

The papers are available at north-herts.gov.uk by searching Local Plan.