Steering Group submits objections to Ptarmigan’s WARE2 submission
Ware’s Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has submitted a jointly-agreed response to planning application documents submitted by Ptarmigan (Ware) Ltd and Redellis (Ware) Ltd to East Herts District Council.
The application documents, as is widely known, seek:
outline approval for 1800 new homes on land to the North and East of Ware; and
full planning approval for internal highways work on the proposed site, to enable initial stages of construction
In our response we formally registered several specific objections.
We state that the ill-conceived highways and infrastructure proposals raise potential public safety issues.
And, furthermore, that the plans fail sustainability tests and will exacerbate air pollution problems in Ware.
We also argue that they are detrimental to the viability and vitality of Ware Town Centre.
Steering Group Chair Jan Stock commented: “The Ware Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has several concerns with the hybrid planning application. The group has spent a considerable amount of time reviewing the documentation on the EHDC planning portal and has provided EHDC with a developed a detailed response to support our objection to the proposal.”
The Steering Group feels it's important for local residents to understand the existing Air Quality issues within Ware. Why not check out this portal here. Enter your postcode to get a free Air Quality report for your address.
And you can link to the East Herts planning application summary by tapping or clicking on the image below...
Between 31 October 2022 and 26 January 2023, Ware's Neighbourhood Plan submission process underwent a consultation phase overseen by East Herts District Council.
Thank you to everyone who submitted a viewpoint.
Full details about the process are available on the EHDC site here.
Summer 2022: As most of you will know, our second consultation period ended in June.
(And a huge thank you once again to everyone who took part in our survey!)
We've been updating our draft plan to accommodate the views you expressed... and though we've not entirely finished that process, we're making the latest version of the document available to read in full here.
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So... what's covered?
Ware's Neighbourhood Plan will take effect within the blue boundary on the map here. Land earmarked for development to the north and east of the town lies outside the Ware Town Council boundary and is covered by a Masterplanning process led by East Herts District Council. But with a Neighbourhood Plan in place, the people of Ware can influence adjacent planning decisions that might have significant implications for the town - for instance, where issues like air pollution, road safety or traffic congestion may be in play.
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