Hertford - Bengeo Ward

Hertford Bengeo Neighbourhood Plan Details

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)




29 March 2017

Hertford Town Council

27 June 2017

15 July  - 15 September 2019

February 2020

16 July - 10 September 2020

October - December 2020

6 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: Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan

Referendum Result

On 6 May 2021, the Neighbourhood Plan for Bengeo Referendum took place. The Neighbourhood Plan has been voted on and approved by the residents of the Parish. With a turnout of 49.1%, there was an overall 'yes' vote of 2,821 (94.8%), votes against 152 (5.2%). The final votes and overall election results can be found on our Local Elections 2021 Results Page. 

Publication of the Plan

The Independent Examination has concluded.

Although the Plan has been recommended for referendum (subject to the Plan being amended in line with the recommended modifications) by the examiner, changes have been introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which prevents a referendum taking place until May 2021. In accordance with Government guidance, the Neighbourhood Plan can be given significant weight in decision-making, providing the Plan is material to the application.

Independent Examination

John Slater BA(Hons) DMS MRTPI has been appointed to undertake the independent examination of the Bengeo Neighbourhood Area Plan. All correspondence between the examiner and East Herts Council will be published below.

Examiner's correspondence

Examination Correspondence* Date

The Bengeo Neighbourhood Plan Examination has now concluded:

11 December 2020

The Town Council have taken the opportunity to respond to the representations made during the Regulation 16 consultation. Their response can be found below:

28 October 2020

The Town Council have responded to the relevant questions in the Examiner's initial comments. Their response can be found below:

26 October 2020

The District Council have responded to the relevant questions in the Examiner's initial comments. The response can be found below:

22 October 2020

Examiner's initial comments:

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 28th February 2020 Hertford Town Council submitted the Bengeo Area Neighbourhood Area 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 16th July-10th September 2020.

Representations must be received by 5pm on 10th 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 office 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 us on 01279 655261

The submission documents can be viewed below:

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

Pre-Submission Consultation (Reg 14)

Hertford Town Council are consulting on their Draft Neighbourhood Plan between 15 July and 15 September 2019. The Plan will then be submitted to East Herts Council. 

For more information, please see The Regulation 14 Consultation Draft Version of the Bengeo Neighbourhood Plan June 2019 

For further information please see the Hertford Town Council website 

Neighbourhood Area Designation

The Bengeo Ward was declared a Neighbourhood Area on the 27 June 2017. The designation request and map defining the area can be viewed below:

Designation Request for Hertford Bengeo Neighbourhood Plan

Map of Bengeo Ward