Eastwick, Gilston & Hunsdon

Eastwick, Gilston & Hunsdon Neighbourhood Planning
Date of Designation Request Body Submitting Request Designation Agreed Pre-Submission Consultation (reg 14) Submission to East Herts (reg 15) 6 week  Consultation (reg 16) Examination Referendum Adoption
10 August 2017 Hunsdon, Eastwick & Gilston Parish Councils 28 November 2017 14 September-26 October 2019 June 2020 21 July - 15 September 2020 October 2020 - February 2021 27 May 2021 July 2021


Adopted Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan has been formally 'adopted' and will be used as a part of the East Herts Development Plan. The final version of the Neighbourhood Plan and Policies Map can be viewed here on the Hunsdon, Eastwick and Gilston Neighbourhood Plan Group website.  

Referendum Result

On 27 May 2021, the Neighbourhood Plan for Gilston Area Referendum took place. The Neighbourhood Plan has been voted on and approved by the residents of the Parish. With a turnout of 37.29%, there was an overall 'yes' vote of 590 (97.8%) votes against 13 (2.2%). The final votes and overall election results can be found on our Local Elections 2021 Results page.

Independent Examination

Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC has been appointed to undertake the independent examination of the Gilston Area Neighbourhood Plan. All correspondence between the examiner and East Herts Council will be published below.

Examiner's correspondence

Examination Correspondence* Date

The Gilston Area Neighbourhood Plan Examination has now concluded:

18 February 2021

Parish Council response to Examiner's Note 3:

Parish Council Response - Examiner's Note 3

5 January 2020

Notice of Public Consultation:

As part of the ongoing Examination into the draft Plan, a Hearing was appointed by the Examiner and held on 19 November 2020. The Hearing followed the issue by the Examiner of his Examination Note 2, which raised 3 potentially significant concerns as to the compliance of the draft Plan with the Basic Conditions.

The Examiner decided not to maintain the third of the concerns.

As to the first 2 concerns, the NP Group submitted material on 26 November 2020 (as discussed and agreed at the Hearing) aimed at meeting the first concern (essentially that the draft NP did not identify the broad location and extent of the seven proposed villages, nor their approximate dwelling numbers).

As to the second concern (the length and repetitive nature of the draft) the Group submitted on 18 December 2020 (again, as discussed and agreed) a document entitled Submission Draft (December 2020 Edits). This document, which also responds to certain other matters discussed at the Hearing, is put forward as a proposed alternative version of the Plan. The Group is suggesting that, if the revisions in the Edits document are found appropriate by the Examiner, they could be achieved by way of recommended Modifications to the Plan.

In accordance with good practice, the Examiner now needs to know if anyone involved in the process wishes to make any comments on the Edits documents (which has already been available on the NP and Council websites). He will take any comments into consideration when considering his report and recommendations.

Any comments should be brief, and must not repeat any of the material already provided in the earlier representations.

Any comments in response to this notice must be made to the Council not later than Monday 25 January 2021.

Please see documents below on 18 December 2020 - all comments must be made in writing and submitted to planningpolicy@eastherts.gov.uk by Monday 25 January 2021.

29 December 2020

Examiner's Note 3:

29 December 2020

During the Hearing Session on Thursday 19th November, it was proposed that the Neighbourhood Plan Group would submit a revised draft Plan to the Examination. Below are the submissions by the Neighbourhood Plan Group:

18 December 2020

During the Hearing Session on Thursday 19th November, it was proposed that the Neighbourhood Plan Group would submit further information to clarify points that were raised during discussion at the hearing. Below are details of two separate submissions to assist the Examiner:

Email and supporting documents from Neighbourhood Plan Group to Examiner 23 November 2020: Email from NPG - 23 November 2020

Email and supporting documents from Neighbourhood Plan Group to Examiner 23 November 2020: Email from NPG - 26 November 2020

23 and 26 November 2020

Hearing Session Information:

This short note sets out some draft details relevant to the Hearing Session taking place on Thursday 19th November 2020. For anyone wishing to view the Hearing Session please use the link below to follow the live stream on the Council's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/EastHertsDistrict/live

13 November 2020

Hearing Agenda – 19 November 2020 10am
The document below sets out the intended agenda for the Hearing into the Gilston Area Neighbourhood Plan:

30 October 2020

Notice of Hearing:
The Examiner has issued a formal Notice of a Hearing which will take place on Thursday 19 November 2020 at 10am.
If any party wishes to make representations on the Examiner’s note 2 (below) then they should be sent to planningpolicy@eastherts.gov.uk no later than Friday 13 November 2020.

29 October 2020

The Examiner has released a second note relating to a number of serious concerns regarding the Neighbourhood Plan at this stage of the Examination:

26 October 2020

The District Council have responded to two matters relating to the request extension of the referendum area, as well as the prospect of hosting a virtual hearing. The response can be found below:

22 October 2020

The Parish Council have made a number of general comments in response to the representations made during the regulation 16 Consultation. Their comments can be found below:

20 October 2020

Examiner's Note 1:

The Examiner has issued a note stating his intention to hold a virtual hearing as part of the Examination. The Examiner has invited representations on the adequacy of a virtual hearing - any representations should be sent to planningpolicy@eastherts.gov.uk by Wednesday 21 October 2020.

15 October 2020

District Council response to Examiner's initial questions:

13 October 2020

Parish Council response to Examiner's initial questions:

Parish Council request to Examiner for referendum area to include Hunsdon Parish:

12 October 2020

Examiner's initial comments:

NPIERS Examination Guidance document:

8 October 2020

*Note - Documents produced externally by a third party may not meet the WCAG 2.0 Accessibility Guidelines

Submission to East Herts - Reg 16 Public Consultation

On the 18th June 2020 Eastwick & Gilston, and Hunsdon Parish Councils submitted the Gilston Area Neighbourhood Plan to East Herts District Council under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

A consultation will run for a period of 8 weeks from the 21st July - 15th September 2020.

Representations must be received by 5pm on 15th September.

In light of the recent Covid-19 pandemic the consultation will run for a period of 8 weeks to account for any disruption caused. Due also to the closure of the Council offices and social distancing measures, we will not be providing hard copies of the consultation documents at viewing points. All of the submission documents are however available to view on our website below, and should you require an alternative way of accessing these documents, please call up on 01279 655261.

The submission documents can be viewed below:

Also available is a link to the Gilston Area Neighbourhood Plan Group's policies map (please note that this is an external website):

https://urbansilence.maps.arcgis.com - Gilston Area NP Group's policies map

This consultation has now closed. Updates on the examination process will be posted above.

Pre-Submission Consultation (Reg 14)

Hunsdon Parish Council and Eastwick & Gilston Parish Council are consulting on their Draft Neighbourhood Plan between 14 September and 26 October 2019. The Plan will then be submitted to East Herts Council. 

The Regulation 14 Consultation Draft Version can be viewed below: 

For more information please see the Hunsdon, Eastwick and Gilston Neighbourhood Plan Group website.

Neighbourhood Area Designation

The Eastwick & Gilston Parish and part of Hunsdon Parish was declared a Neighbourhood Area on the 28 November 2017. The designation request and map defining the area can be viewed below: