BSCF's covering letter to the EHDC Planning Policy Team outlining objections to the draft District Plan

See here for the BSCF's Full Statement of Objections

See here for EHDC's District Plan Consulation Portal

Planning Policy Team
East Herts District Council
Pegs Lane
SG13 8EQ
20 November 2016

Dear Sir/Madam


I am enclosing with this letter a summary of the objections of the Bishop's Stortford Civic Federation to this plan, the full statement of our objections, and the two ministerial letters from Brandon Lewis and Gavin Barwell referred to in the full statement. I am also sending a copy of this letter and enclosures to you by email.

I understand that you will, on request, notify me of when the Council submits the plan to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination, when the Planning Inspector publishes their recommendations, or when the Council adopts the District Plan. I should be grateful if you would notify me of all three of these events.

Yours faithfully,
John Rhodes (President)
Bishop’s Stortford Civic Federation

Summary of Objections



While the vision and objectives of the plan are largely unexceptionable, many of them are expressed at such a high level of generality that several different plans could claim to be compliant with them. We do not believe that this plan satisfies the tests of ‘soundness’ required by the NPPF.

Development Strategy, the Green Belt and the Rural area Beyond it
The Development Strategy

History of Development in East Herts

Housing Demand

Housing Distribution in East Herts

Unsustainability of Distribution Model


The Green Belt and Rural Area Beyond it

Bishop's Stortford South

Alternative Scenarios

Detailed Changes to the Plan


The plan is unsound.


November 2016

Letter from Brandon Lewis MP referred to in the full statement  Top 

Reply from Brandon Lewis

Letter from Gavin Barwell referred to in the full statement  Top 

Reply from Gavin Barwell