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Read the latest news and updates about the District Plan Examination.

DateLatest News and Updates
11th July 2018

The East Herts District Plan was subject to an Examination in Public with hearing sessions held between October 2017 and January 2018 followed by a period of public consultation on the Main Modifications agreed through the Examination between February and March 2018.

Following this, the Inspector has issued her Final Report on the Examination of the East Herts District Plan on the 9th July 2018.  The Final Report and the Schedule of Main Modifications are available to view on the District Plan Examination page.

Hard copies of the Final Report and Schedule of Main Modifications will be available for public inspection during normal office hours at the East Herts Council Offices in Hertford and Bishop's Stortford, town council offices and in libraries across the district from the 17th July.

26th June 2018

The Council received a 'fact check' version of the Inspector's Report on the 25th June 2018.  The Council has until the 9th July to complete its fact check.  While the Council is not permitted to question the Inspector's conclusions, it may seek clarification on any conclusions that are considered to be unclear. 

Once the fact check has been completed and the Inspector has responded to any points raised, the Planning Inspectorate will submit the final report to the Council.  As the report may be amended following the fact check, the Planning Inspectorate advise that the report is not made available to the public until the final report is received.  PINS Covering Letter - Fact Check Report [86KB]

15th June 2018The Planning Inspectorate has advised the Council that the Inspector's Fact Check Report will not be issued until the end of June 2018.
27th April 2018After receiving many representations to the Main Modifications Consultation, the Inspector has indicated that the fact-checking report that was initially expected at the end of April is now anticipated towards the end of May 2018, with the final report to be issued in due course.
5th March 2018An updated Chapter 6: Buntingford is available which corrects a typographical error in Policy BUNT1. The new chapter and Main Modification table extract is available from the Main Modification Consultation page.
15th February 2018The Council is undertaking a 6-week main modifications consultation between the 15th February and 29th March, 2018. To view details of the consultation please use the following link: Main Modifications Consultation
31st January 2018

The Inspector has issued a post hearing note relating to EWEL1 following the joint hearing session with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council on Birchall Garden Suburb. This can be viewed on the examination documents page, under ED178, or by clicking the following link: ED178 [27KB]

25th January 2018The Council have added a Statement of Common Ground between East Herts Council, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council and Tarmac. This can be viewed on the examination documents page, under ED177, or by clicking the following link: ED177 [502KB] .
15th January 2018The Hearing Statements for the Joint Session on Birchall Garden Suburb have been uploaded to the Joint Hearing Session page, available at: Joint Hearing Session.
15th December 2017The Inspectors for the EiP's of the East Herts District Plan and the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan have published their  Joint Matters and Issues [68KB]  for the Joint Hearing Session for Birchall Garden Suburb, their  Guidance Note [116KB]  and the  Draft Timetable [43KB]  for the joint session.
13th December 2017

The Inspectors for the EiP's of the East Herts District Plan and the Welwyn Hatfield Local Plan have confirmed that the joint hearing session for Birchall Garden Suburb will be held in the Welwyn Hatfield Council Chamber, on Tuesday 30th January, 2018, starting at 9.30 am.  

The  Programme Officer will be sending out the Inspectors' matters and issues for discussion and the hearing sessions programme in the next few days to all those who responded to the consultations on the pre submission draft of either of  the individual plans.  

29th November 2017The Inspector has issued a post hearings note to the Council on the East Herts District Plan. This document can be viewed on the examination documents webpage or by clicking the following link: ED167 [52KB]
20th November 2017The Councils has added a Statement of Common Ground between East Herts Council, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Historic England, relating to Birchall Garden Suburb. This can be viewed on the examination documents webpage or by clicking the following link: ED165 [2MB]
6th November 2017The Participants List for Part 2 of the hearing sessions has been updated today. This can be viewed on the hearing sessions webpage or by clicking the following link:  Participants List- Part 2, Week 3 [443KB]
6th November 2017The Council has added two Statements of Common Ground regarding ED159 Land South of Hadham Road, Bishop's Stortford [231KB] , and for ED160 The Gilston Area [689KB] .  These can also be viewed on the examination documents webpage. 
31st October 2017The Council has added two Statements of Common Ground regarding land to the north and south of West Road, Sawbridgeworth.  These can be viewed on the Examination Documents webpage or by clicking the following links:  ED156 (North of West Road) [4MB]  and  ED157 (South of West Road) [3MB]
30th October 2017The Council has added a Statement of Common Ground with Historic England to the examination documents. This can be viewed on the examination documents webpage or by clicking the following link: ED155 [1MB]
30th October 2017The Participants List for Part 2 of the hearing sessions has been uploaded to the website. This can be viewed on the hearing sessions webpage or by clicking the following link: Participants List- Part 2 [443KB]
30th October 2017The Council's hearing statements for Part 2 of the hearing sessions have been uploaded to the website. These can be viewed on the hearing sessions webpage at: Hearing Sessions
25th October 2017The Inspector has issued a note regarding OAN following the Stage 1 hearing sessions. This can viewed on the examination documents page, under reference ED152, or by clicking the following link: ED152 [19KB]
6th October 2017Please note there is an addendum to Appendix A of the Council's Stage 1, Matter 3 Statement on Employment and Retail ED145 [265KB] which can also be viewed under the examination documents tab. 
6th October 2017The Council has submitted a response to the Inspector's questions on Objectively Assessed Need during the Hearing Sessions of week 1 ED142 [782KB] . The Council has also submitted evidence on employment needs ED144 [2MB] .  Both documents can be found in the Examination Documents tab. 
3rd October 2017

The morning session scheduled for Wednesday 4th October will not take place as the discussion was completed on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 in the afternoon session.

The next hearing session is going ahead as planned on Wednesday 4th October at 2pm, details can be seen under the Hearing Sessions tab.

1st October 2017The Council has provided an Updated Habitats Regulations Assessment ED133 [1MB] , which is available under the Examinations Document tab.
30th September 2017The Council has issued two Statements of Common Ground regarding land to the East of Stevenage and at Bishop's Stortford South, which are available under the Examinations Document tab or can be viewed on the Statements of Common Ground page.
30th September 2017The Council has provided an Updated Housing Land Supply document  ED130 [248KB]  which is available under the Examination Documents tab. 
26th September 2017The Inspector has published her matters and issues for Part 2 of the Hearing Sessions:  ED127 [98KB] , Guidance Note  ED128 [115KB]  and the Draft Timetable for Part 2 of the Hearing Sessions  ED129 [49KB] .
20th September 2017Hearing Statements for Part 1, Matters 1 to 5 are now available.  These can be seen on the Hearing Sessions page.
15th September 2017The Council has issued the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town updated Position Statement (ED123). The document can be seen on the examination documents page or can be viewed by clicking: ED123 [15MB]
14th August 2017The Council has replied to Inspector's Note 2 (ED114). The documents can be seen under the Examination Documents tab at ED120 and ED121 or can be viewed by clicking: ED120 [454KB] , ED120- Appendix 1 [343KB] , ED120- Appendix 2 [2MB] , ED120- Appendix 3 [74KB] , ED121- Updated Housing Topic Paper [4MB]
10th August 2017The Inspector has published her matters and issues for Part 1 of the Hearing Sessions: ED117 [89KB] , Guidance Note  ED118 [102KB] and the Draft Timetable for Part 1 of the Hearing Sessions ED119 [51KB] .
27th July 2017

Following the responses provided by the Council to the Inspector's Questions contained in her Note 1 - Housing (ED102)  the Inspector has issued an additional note entitled Inspector's Note 2 -  Housing. This can be seen under the examination documents tab with the reference ED114 or can be viewed by clicking   ED114 [50KB] . The deadline for the Council's responses to the Inspector's questions in this note is Friday 11th August 2017.

17th July 2017

The Council has provided the Inspector with updated information on Housing Needs. The documents can be seen on the examination documents page under ED111 (West Essex and East Hertfordshire SHMA: Affordable housing update), ED112 (West Essex and East Hertfordshire SHMA: Establishing the full Objectively Assessed Need) and ED113 (Summary of alternative OAN assessments submitted at regulation 19) or can be viewed by clicking: ED111 [1MB] , ED112 [1MB] and ED113 [478KB] .

17th July 2017

The Council has added the East Herts Statement of Accordance with Hertfordshire Local Nature Partnership Principles (ED109) and Hertfordshire Local Nature Partnership response to ED109 (ED110) to the examination documents page. These documents can be seen on the examination documents page under ED109 and ED110 or can be viewed by clicking: ED109 [116KB] and ED110 [4MB]

12th June 2017

The Council has issued answers to the Inspector's Note 1 (ED102). The document can be seen under the Examination Documents tab at ED105 or can be viewed by clicking: ED105 [382KB] .

12th June 2017

The Council has added two MOU to the Examination Documents Page. The first MOU is between East Herts Council and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (ED106) and the second is between East Herts Council, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council regarding Birchall Garden Suburb (ED107). These two documents can be seen under the examination documents tab at ED106 and ED107 or can be viewed by clicking: ED106 [356KB] and ED107 [1MB] .

26th May 2017

The Council has issued the details of the timetable for the additional work on housing numbers set out in the Inspector's Note (ref:  ED102) dated 16th May 2017 Point 7(E).  The timetable can be seen under the examination documents tab at ED103 or can be viewed by clicking:  ED103 [264KB] .

18th May 2017

The Inspector has published a note to the Council concerning housing, and this can be seen under the examination documents tab with the reference ED102, or can be viewed by clicking ED102 [46KB] . The Council will be providing the timetable mentioned in the note at point 7 (e) by 26th May, and their overall response to all the questions raised by 9th June.

3rd April 2017

The Secretary of State has appointed Christine Thorby DIPTP MRTPI IHBC as the Inspector from the Planning Inspectorate to carry out an independent examination of the East Herts District Plan.

31st March 2017

The East Herts District Plan, 2011-2033 was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination.