Locals to be given their say on plans for 2,100 homes at Cockernhoe

By Euan Duncan - Local Democracy Reporter

10th Jul 2024 | Local News

A drop-in event is due to be held at Cockernhoe Memorial Hall in Mangrove Road (image via planning application)
A drop-in event is due to be held at Cockernhoe Memorial Hall in Mangrove Road (image via planning application)

Opponents of a 2,100-home residential community development between Hitchin and Luton will have the chance to examine the proposals in detail at a drop-in event this week.

A mixed-use residential community development would be created on land allocated for housing at Cockernhoe in north Hertfordshire under a strategic master plan of the Crown Estate and Bloor Homes.

The East of Luton site is allocated in the adopted North Hertfordshire Local Plan, according to the estate's web pages on the project, with a proposed full completion date of 2037.

A drop-in event is due to be held at Cockernhoe Memorial Hall in Mangrove Road on Thursday (July 11) between 3pm and 8pm.

The revised strategic master plan is expected to be considered by the North Herts District Council project board later this year, explained a website for the project. The board will decide whether or not to endorse the document.

It added: "We invited feedback from the local community on our draft strategic master plan during a public consultation held earlier this year. This included three previous public drop-in events in February at local venues.

"All feedback received from the consultation has been considered, and we have updated the strategic master plan. This latest public drop-in event is to update people on the revised scheme.

"Further public consultation will be held after this point where local residents will have the opportunity to comment on the more detailed proposals, as the current planning applications are amended later in the year."

The draft master plan provides a site-wide framework for planning applications. Many elements of the scheme are set out in the Local Plan itself, including the need to deliver approximately 2,100 high-quality new homes.

Of these, 40 per cent will be affordable. The project also includes three new schools, a net gain in biodiversity, parkland, sports facilities and a network of public green spaces.

Feedback was requested around the housing mix and design, the schools, community facilities, local connections by bus, for bicycles and pedestrian routes, the open space and recreation areas, and the local infrastructure.

The website added: "Our vision for the site is a neighbourhood set in the current landscape framework with a distinctive identity, sensitively designed and providing much-needed housing for families. The quality of the spaces created will make it a great place to live.

"A core focus of the draft master plan is to create a sustainable landscape for people and nature, which retains, protects and improves the local environment.

"We will keep current vegetation wherever practicable, while planned green corridors have been designed to encompass the hedgerows and trees, as well as to integrate rights of way and new active travel routes.

"A strong sense of place for the new community will be created through six identifiable and distinct 'character areas'. These areas derive directly from the natural variations in the characteristics of the site, including the landscape, topographical features, and neighbouring uses."


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