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Thundridge Parish Council

Serving the people of Thundridge, High Cross & Wadesmill

Clerk: Ms Belinda Irons
14 Crawley End, Chrishall, Nr
Royston SG8 8QL

Tel: 01763 838732

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Planning Matters

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:11 by Brita-May Hawes


The appeal meeting was held at East Herts Offices on Tuesday 27th Feb and ran from 10:00 until 15:15 followed by a site visit from 16:00 - 16:30.

THANK YOU to all who managed to attend along with those who submitted e-mails to EHDC, sent e-mails to the inspector and sent e-mails to David Andrews. All of these actions will have helped the case. There is nothing more that can be done now except to wait for the inspectors decision which is expected in about 3 weeks time. More »

[updated by Steve Bosson 28 Feb 2018] » Less

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:08 by Brita-May Hawes

Thundridge Neighbourhood Plan public consultation took place on Saturday the 11th November, 2017 at Thundridge Village Hall. Over 90 Parishoners attended the event. Lots of Parishioners comments and feedback was captured and will be fed back into the Neighbourhood Plan over the next few weeks. More »

The linked document below shows the posters displayed at the public consultation. If you would like to provide further feedback please email your comments to info@tpndp.org.

Chairman Richard Hallman commented "What was encouraging is that the broad consensus is that the Plan's direction was in line with the thoughts of the Parishoners who attended".

Meeting Summary: New High Cross Planning Proposal (opposite church to school) High Road

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:39 by Steve Bosson

Minutes of a meeting of Thundridge Parish Council was held at High Cross Village Hall on Sunday 15th October 2017 at 16:00.

The meeting was attended by 41 parishioners specifically to discuss: planning application (3/17/2216/OUT) to build 27 houses on the Land West of High Road High Cross Hertfordshire (opposite St. Johns Church through to Puller Memorial School). Please see attached for an overview of the site and initially proposed layout. A summary of the points raised (also taking into account e-mails received from those who could not make the meeting) follows: More »


The development is outside of the development boundary; it will severely impact views from the houses to the East; the potential of downstream flooding arising from the additional hard surfaces and improved ditches; concerns about the proximity of the proposed access relative to the school, the impact of the High Road scene due to the 'out of keeping' Estate style development and that the size and style of development was not in keeping with preferred development style arising from the emerging neighbourhood plan. The current classification of High Cross as Category 1 (relatively sustainable village) in Policy OSV1 (2007 Local Plan) has quite rightly been amended and downgraded to a Group 2 village in Policy VILL2 (District Plan 2011-2033), implies that it is only suitable for limited infill development (which this is not).

In favour:

An e-mail was received from Puller Memorial School board of governors which spoke in support of the proposal due to the potential positive impact on the school. While it is appreciated that planning does work by looking at the overall area, there was a general agreement that development of this site was less detrimental to the village than the Glebe field proposal. The audience appreciated that more houses are needed in East Herts. and that inevitably some of that need may have to be met in villages such as High Cross.

Proposed mitigations:

IF the development should proceed, there were a number of conditions that should be imposed as follows.

Due to the proximity with the school, double yellow lines should be installed in the vicinity of the junction prior to the start of any work on site. Absolutely no parking or waiting for construction traffic within the village with all workers required to park on site at all times. Specific remediation steps should be taken to allow for the swifts that are currently prevalent in the area. The 'affordable' housing should be made available specifically for local people. The overall design of the proposal should be redrafted to reflect the overall High Cross street scene which is not the generic 'estate style' that is currently proposed. The village has experience with an estate style development (Canterbury Park) which very clearly does not reflect the style of the main part of the village. Again from the perspective of remaining in keeping with the village, the overall density of the housing should be reduced and the parking available on site should be significantly increased. The number of spaces available should not include garages (as these are rarely suitable or used for car parking) and multiple visitor spaces per house should also be made available. Overflow parking on the High Road will not be acceptable. With the changes in car fuel forthcoming, electric car recharging points need to be made available at every parking space. House heights must be restricted to two floors and not 2.5 floors, again to insure that the houses are in keeping.

Voting was approximately 25 opposed to the development and 10 in favour. » Less