Previous Versions of the District Plan

East Herts Council have been undertaking work on the District Plan for numerous years. There have been various stages of preparation and consultation through the plan making process. The Council has produced different versions of the Plan which have evolved through this period.

District Plan Timeline


Stage Date
Adoption The District Plan was adopted at an Extraordinary Council on 23rd October 2018
Inspector's Report Received on 9 July 2018
Examination The Examination in Public was held between October 2017 and January 2018
Submission 31 March 2017
Pre-Submission Public Consultation 3 November 2016 - 15 December 2016
Preferred Options Public Consultation 27 February 2014 - 22 May 2014
Issues and Options Public Consultation 2 September 2010 - 25 November 2010
Awareness Raising 2008-2009


The District Plan was adopted at an Extraordinary Council on 23rd October 2018.

Holding Direction

The Secretary of State issued a Holding Direction on the District Plan on the 11th September. The Direction was lifted on the 12th October 2018. More information can be found on the Holding Direction page.

Main Modifications

Following the Examination in Public, the Council consulted on a Schedule of Main Modifications.

All documents can be found on the Main Modifications Consultation page.


The District Plan was subject to an Examination in Public with hearing sessions held between October 2017 and January 2018. More information can be found on the District Plan Examination pages within the District Plan Section.

Submission District Plan

The District Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 31 March 2017

Submission District Plan [9MB]

Sustainability Appraisal of the East Herts District Plan [1MB]

Prior to the submission of the District Plan, the Council consulted on the version of the Plan it intended to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. Representations submitted during the consultation can be viewed on the Consultation Portal

Preferred Options District Plan, 2014

Prior to the Submission Version of the District Plan the Council in 2014 published its Preferred Options Draft District Plan. This version set out the preferred development strategy for the Council to adopt.

Preferred Options District Plan [27MB]

Interim Sustainability Appraisal Report

Issues and Options, 2010

In 2010 East Herts published and consulted on the Issues and Options Core Strategy document. This document set out the issues facing East Herts and a series of options for responding to those issues.

Issues and Options Core Strategy [10MB]

Sustainability Appraisal Report [2MB]

Local Plan, 2007

The Local Plan, 2007 is now superseded by the District Plan. The Local Plan and Supplementary Planning Documents linked to the Local Plan can be found here.

Local Plan 2007