North Hertfordshire District Council have published their Local Plan Preferred Options which were approved at a Council meeting in November. It proposes many houses on land we consider part of Forster Country, between Stevenage and Graveley. This as all Green Belt land.
Stevenage have yet to publish their plan but it is likely to include building adjacent to those proposed by NHDC, leaving narrow margins between the new development and neighbours Stevenage and Graveley.
The consultation documents, together with the background studies are available on the NHDC website and can be found at www.north-herts.gov.uk/localplan. Copies of the Local Plan Preferred Options document and the proposals maps will be available in all the libraries in the District and at the Council Offices during their normal opening hours. In addition, copies of the consultation documents will be available at Stevenage Central and Stevenage Old Town libraries.
The Friends of the Forster Country committee will be meeting to consider a response and will be contacting members who have supplied email addresses. If a member wishes to add their name, please use the Contact Us form or contact an FoFC officer.
The consultation period for the Local Plan Preferred Options paper will run to Friday 6 February 2015.
We are delighted that Forster Country will feature on the September page of the 2015 CPRE Hertfordshire calendar. Three photographs from our competition entries were offered to CPRE and they chose a view of Saint Nicholas across a field ready to harvest. To see the September page click on the attachment link below.
On a blustery March morning, shortly after the publication of the last Newsletter, a select group gathered in the grounds of the church of St Andrew and St George, Stevenage, to plant an apple tree. It replaces the one planted in memory of Elizabeth Poston in 2005, during the celebrations we held to mark the centenary of her birth. The date chosen was the anniversary of her death.