The Last Post

I am no longer a District councillor. I am no longer updating this blog. I will post occasionally on Twitter. I may use a different platform if I restart my blog in the future as this web server runs on a cloud instance that I’d prefer to use exclusively as an email server.

I am changing back to my original Twitter account, stevehem. I also can be found on reddit, steemit, and gab.

The consultation period for the Main Modifications to the North Hertfordshire Local Plan 2011 2031 has been extended. The consultation period will now run until Thursday 11 April 2019. This letter clarifies that the consultation also provides the opportunity to respond to the new written evidence produced or submitted by the Council during the Examination. This includes, but is not limited to, the ‘homework’ that was submitted following the close of the hearing sessions. Any consultation responses which have already been received by the Council will be treated as being received within the consultation period. Anyone who has already responded can make additional comments during the extended consultation period if they wish.

The proposed Main Modifications are drafted to ensure that the policies set out in the Local Plan Proposed Submission Version and examined by the Inspector are sound. The schedule of Main Modifications is available to view:

  • on our website:;
  • at the Council Offices during normal opening hours; and
  • in the District’s libraries and at Stevenage Central, Stevenage Old Town and Luton Central libraries during their normal opening hours.

All of the documents submitted to the Examination by the Council since June 2017, on which comments are invited, are available to view at They can also be viewed at the Council Offices during normal opening hours. A list of these documents is appended to this letter.

Our preferred method for accepting your representations is through our website. There are guidance notes to help use the software which are available on the website. You can also send representations by

  • email:; or
  • post: Strategic Planning and Projects Group, North Hertfordshire District Council, PO Box 10613, Nottingham, NG6 6DW.

Representations relating to the legality and soundness of the Main Modifications and comments on the new written evidence and documents that are submitted within the consultation period will be logged by the Council and will be forwarded to the Programme Officer for consideration by the Inspector. Please note that representations to the consultation will be made available for public inspection. Your name will be published on the Council\’s website and in publicly available documents once the consultation has closed. We will not publish addresses or email addresses. If you have any queries with regards to this consultation, or if you would like to be removed from the mailing list, please send an email to or call us on 01462 474531.

Everyone enjoyed himself at the wonderful concert laid on by Knebworth Community Chorus this Saturday. The Village Hall was full to bursting, and many mince pies were consumed. A fair volume of mulled wine was drunk too.

The children of St Michael’s, Woolmer Green School put on a wonderful performance of singing and playing their instruments: violins and flutes.

Merry Christmas!


Royston Bowls Club received £1,000 towards the purchase of a machine to de-thatch the green in order to help reduce disease and improve the playing surface.

The club’s Steve Kilford said: “Royston Bowls Club would like to thank the council for awarding us a grant of £1,000, this will go some way towards the purchase of a de-thatching machine.”

Royston Historical Pageant was awarded a grant of £500 to assist with the costs of putting on a large historical event on Therfield Heath in July 2019.

The funding will be used to assist with publicity and advertising costs and to pay for re-enactment groups to attend.

Councillor Sarah Dingley, pageant co-ordinator, said: “Grateful thanks to the Royston Area Committee for the grant awarded to Royston Historical Pageant.

“It will help us to create a memorable event for the whole community.”

And finally, the Royston Choral Society was awarded a grant of £750 to assist with the costs of putting on a community concert. The funding will go towards the publicity and equipment hire for their performance of Bach’s St John Passion at Royston’s parish church on April 6, 2019.

The Royston Choral Society has been putting on concerts for the people of Royston since 1974 and the event is part of the society’s commitment to put on 4 concerts annually.

Huw Jenkins, Chairman of the Royston Choral Society said: “The Royston Choral Society has been a community unauditioned choir since 1974. We recently performed Britten’s War Requiem to high acclaim and will continue to rise to the challenges set by the musical director, Andrew O’Brien, with the performance of Bach’s St John Passion in the spring.

“We are most grateful for this grant from North Herts District Council as it will support the Royston Choral Society in its commitment to provide ‘Fine music made locally’.”

Councillor Tony Hunter, NHDC’s chairman of the Royston Committee, said: “We are pleased to be able support these projects in Royston. We look forward to seeing how the projects develop and progress in the future.”

The grants are subject to completion of the necessary formalities.

Mods which relate to Knebworth

MM 283 - MM 296 are the relevant paragraphs. The Main Modifications will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet at a special meeting on Monday 10 December 2018.

Subject to their approval, consultation will then be held on the Main Modifications. This consultation will also provide the opportunity to comment on the additional work produced by the Council following the hearing sessions. Details of the consultation will be published on the NHDC website following the Cabinet meeting.

MM 285: “Transport Assessment to consider the cumulative impacts of sites KB1, KB2 and KB4 upon key junctions and rail crossing points for all users, including walkers and cyclists, and secure necessary mitigation or improvement measures;”

MM 286: “Approximately two hectares of land to the south of Gypsy Lane and adjoining the existing settlement reserved as an appropriate site for provision of 1FE Primary School”

MM 288: “Land north of Watton Road reserved for long-term secondary education”

MM 295: “Our transport modelling does not identify any specific mitigation scheme requirements for Knebworth. However, the high street, including the junction of Stevenage Road/London Road/Watton Road and Station Road, is a known pinch point, particularly when delays or incidents on the A1(M) result in the B197 being used as an alternate route between Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage. There are also issues of poor pedestrian/cycle access along Station Road under the railway line, and similar issues at Gun Lane and new development will be expected to consider improvements to walking/cycling conditions in these locations and make reasonable contributions to secure their delivery.”

From: Main Modifications page on NHDC website.