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Object

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 6808

Received: 28/01/2019

Respondent: Mrs Emma Hogg

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Sensitive considerations must extend to the high density of Listed Buildings in Graveley, including, inter alia, St. Mary's Church, Graveleybury Farm, Graveley Hall Farm, Crow End, Kate's Cottage, West View.

Issues of the Green Belt have not been addressed. If this proposal goes ahead, the Green Belt between Stevenage and Graveley will be erased, leaving Graveley no longer a village, but part of a town expansion. Strongly objection to this eventuality.

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Sensitive considerations must extend to the high density of Listed Buildings in Graveley, including, inter alia, St. Mary's Church, Graveleybury Farm, Graveley Hall Farm, Crow End, Kate's Cottage, West View.

Issues of the Green Belt have not been addressed. If this proposal goes ahead, the Green Belt between Stevenage and Graveley will be erased, leaving Graveley no longer a village, but part of a town expansion. Strongly objection to this eventuality.

Object

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 6815

Received: 02/02/2019

Respondent: Mrs Gill Shenoy

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I object to the building of this large number of houses on the Site NS1 - North of Stevenage. This number of dwellings are not required as there are many unoccupied houses at present, many unfinished/half built houses & this site should not impact upon/be built near Graveley village.

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This land north of Stevenage within Graveley parish which has been allocated as a strategic housing site for approx 900 houses is green belt land. This land should not be used except in extreme circumstances. There is no requirement for 900 houses at this point in time as houses are not selling & unless they are all affordable housing they will not be fulfilling a need. There is no provision for the major traffic that will increase - there is a problem even now with traffic congestion. Graveley village will disappear & be swallowed up by Stevenage with this proposed development. The environment will suffer with the major congestion/road & air pollution & cause a health hazard for all who live in the area. It will be detrimental to the wildlife of the area & its biodiversity - this area is the famous protected Forster country.

Object

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 6960

Received: 04/03/2019

Respondent: Mrs Fiona Hutton

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I am a long standing resident of Graveley village and live within the conservation area in a house which was built in the 1860s. Graveley is a small village community with a strong sense of itself, it's history and agricultural heritage.
I am responding in relation to Policy SP16 paragraph 9 of the main modifications and want to restate and reinforce the importance of Graveley remaining an independent village with sufficient a margin between it and any development north of Stevenage NS1 for this to be maintained. The current green belt with its environmental benefits and amenities should be preserved as much as possible and only be encroached upon where 100% essential by exceptional, and fully justifiable housing need.
It is unclear why the newly drawn Graveley settlement boundary does not include two significant parts of the conservation area - which contain ancient farmsteads, listed buildings, the twelfth century church and other well established houses and buildings which are integral to the village now and during its long history. I note that in the National Planning Policy Framework (section 13) coalescence within the green belt should be avoided. It is difficult NOT to be sceptical about the position of the settlement area boundary on the south of the village in particular. Has it been drawn in an effort to counter potential arguments about coalescence between north Stevenage and Graveley or rather Graveley being overwhelmed by its encroaching neighbour?
I urge you to ensure that a meaningful and practical margin is maintained around the whole of Graveley village in order to ensure that its continuing identity and historical role in the landscape can be preserved. This would help NHDC to meet its own strategic objectives ENV 2 and 3.

Object

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 7037

Received: 27/02/2019

Respondent: Dr Helen Lumley

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As a resident of Graveley village I wish to make representations regarding maintaining the character and special history of our village in the light of the proposed building on site NS1. My comments refer to the section of the proposed Local Plan starting on page 73 entitled Policy SP16 site NS1 North of Stevenage, point G, and paragraph 4.197 in this section.

Graveley has a long history, being mentioned in the Doomsday book, and has many ancient listed buildings of historic significance, and a church dating back to the 12th century. Residents are rightly proud of Graveley's agricultural and transport history - it was a coaching stop on the Great North Road, and it's beautiful and historic village pond. It is essential that any building plans for NS1 ensure that the historic character of our village is maintained and it is essential that coalescence with Stevenage does not occur. There needs to be green space and distance between our village and any new building.

My final point is that the Settlement Boundary which has been drawn up for Graveley village EXCLUDES many important historic sites in the village, such our ancient church, listed buildings, and houses that are over 150 years old. This 'Settlement Boundary' therefore does not give an accurate representation of the edge of Graveley village. It is essential that coalescence with Stevenage is NOT assessed in reference to this Settlement Boundary but is assessed in reference to our Conservation Area. I hope that by coming up with a smaller Settlement Boundary area, NHDC will NOT then use this unrepresentative 'Boundary' to claim that coalescence with Stevenage is not happening with the NS1 building.

Object

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 7105

Received: 06/03/2019

Respondent: CPRE Hertfordshire

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Support

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 7140

Received: 04/03/2019

Respondent: Historic England

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Object

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 7258

Received: 10/04/2019

Respondent: Stevenage Borough Council

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Policy SP16 should follow the approach as other strategic policies in requiring retail, education and other infrastructure to be provided on-site. A site-wide approach would not be appropriate or sound.

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We support the fact that the amendments proposed to Policy SP16 go some way towards resolving our objections in relation to infrastructure. The addition of references to sustainable travel, medical infrastructure, retail facilities, more detailed educational requirements and sensitive design related to heritage assets are welcomed.

However, the modifications have still been worded to enable the developers of site NS1 to rely on infrastructure being provided on an entirely separate adjoining allocation in Stevenage Borough. The policies within the Stevenage Borough Local Plan only require the developers of the adjoining site (Policy HO3) to provided infrastructure sufficient to support the Stevenage site (800 homes). This will not be sufficient to serve the NHDC site (900 homes) as well. All other site specific policies within the NHDC Local Plan make specific requirements for retail, education and other infrastructure to be provided on-site. Policy SP16 should follow the same approach.

In terms of primary school provision, this is now even more crucial as Hertfordshire County Council (in responding to the now-submitted planning application for HO3) have advised they require two entirely separate primary schools for the Stevenage and North Herts sites, not one larger school. As such, a 'site-wide' approach would clearly not be appropriate or sound.

We would propose the Modifications are amended, as follows, to reflect these comments. A site-wide solution integrating with the adjoining Stevenage development is appropriate and welcomed for access and sustainable travel, but education, retail and other social infrastructure should be provided on the NHDC site in accordance with the evidence of need used to inform the Local Plan and in line with other site specific policies within the plan - a consistent approach should be taken. This is not a joint allocation with the Stevenage site.

As written, the NHLP is unsound in relation to this issue as it may result in a shortfall of infrastructure to meet the needs resulting from NS1.

We would also maintain our position in relation to consideration of the design principles of Stevenage being included as a requirement of this policy, as has been included in Policy SP15 relating to Letchworth design principles (criterion a. i.) and suggest a new criterion should be added to this policy, as per the below track changes version.

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b. Integration with adjoining development in Stevenage Borough including site-wide solutions for access and sustainable travel to include:
ii. Travel provision designed having regard to the Stevenage Mobility Strategy and including:
* Effective links into the existing pedestrian and cycle, public transport and road networks; and
* an upgraded junction at the intersection of Graveley Road / North Road.
c. 2FE of primary-age education provision;
d. Neighbourhood-level retail facilities subject to an up-to-date assessment of local demand and supply;
e. Other medical and social infrastructure, as necessary, in accordance with an up-to-date assessment of need;
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i. Stevenage design principles should be considered and reflected in any development scheme.

Object

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 7776

Received: 11/04/2019

Respondent: Croudace Strategic Limited

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Object

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 7853

Received: 11/04/2019

Respondent: Graveley Parish Council

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Object

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 7933

Received: 11/04/2019

Respondent: CPRE Hertfordshire

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Comment

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 7972

Received: 08/04/2019

Respondent: Mr Reg F Norgan

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Object

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 8018

Received: 11/04/2019

Respondent: Hertfordshire County Council - Environment & Infrastructure Department

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Object

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 8130

Received: 09/04/2019

Respondent: Mr Jack Rigg

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Object

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 8275

Received: 11/04/2019

Respondent: Mrs Cheryl Peers

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Object

Proposed Main Modifications

Representation ID: 8343

Received: 11/04/2019

Respondent: Mr Tom Coates

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