Ware Neighbourhood Plan

Information relating to Ware Neighbourhood Plan.
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
11 May 2018  Ware Town Council  11 Sept 2018 April-June 2022 31 October 2022 1 December 2022 - 26 January 2023 March 2023 - July 2023 28 September 2023 13 December 2023

Adoption Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan has been formally ‘made’ (adopted) and will be used as a part of the East Herts Development Plan. The final version of the Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed below.

This is the adoption decision statement.

Referendum result

On 28 September 2023, the Ware Neighbourhood Plan Referendum took place. The Neighbourhood Plan has been voted on and approved by the residents of the Neighbourhood Area. With a turnout of 16.6%, there was an overall 'yes' vote of 2,221 (90.8%) votes against 225 (9.2%). The final votes and overall election results can be found on our Ware Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Page. 


On 14th August 2023 a decision was made by East Herts Council to proceed to referendum.

A referendum which poses the following question: “Do you want East Herts District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Ware Neighbourhood Area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” will be held in Ware.

The Ware Neighbourhood Plan Referendum is scheduled for Thursday 28 September 2023. 

The specified documents for the referendum can be viewed below:


Andrew Ashcroft has been appointed to undertake the independent examination of the Ware Neighbourhood Plan. Correspondence is published below.

Independent Examination documents and dates

Examination documents


Examiner’s initial examination note:

6 April 2023

Examiner’s Clarification Note:

14 April 2023

Ware Town Council’s response:

12 May 2023

East Herts District Council’s response:

12 May 2023

The Ware Neighbourhood Plan Examination has now concluded:

12 July 2023


Public Consultation (Reg16)

On the 31 October 2022 Ware Town Council submitted the Neighbourhood Plan to East Herts District Council under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

A consultation took place for a period of 8 weeks from the 1 December 2022 – 26 January 2023.

Representations received can be viewed in the Regulation 16 Consultation Document. These were forwarded to the examiner.

The submission documents can be viewed below:


Pre-Submission Consultation (Reg 14)

Ware Town Council is consulting on their draft Neighbourhood Plan until the 24th June 2022. The plan will then be submitted to East Herts Council.  For more information and to view the Draft Neighbourhood Plan please see the Ware Town Council’s website.

Neighbourhood Area Designation

The Ware Neighbourhood Area includes the entirety of the town council’s boundary, excluding land allocated to the north and east of Ware (WARE2) in the District Plan (2018). It was declared a Neighbourhood Area on the 11 September 2018. The designation request and map defining the area can be viewed below: