Previous policy themes
11. Youth football: A suitable site should be identified to provide for youth football facilities for the village. Consideration should be given to identifying a suitable site further from the centre of the village for adult football to move to. These projects would be well suited for s106/CIL monies to be spent on.
12. The allotments: The allotments are a community asset and should not be built on, although an extension of Glebe Court (elderly residential supported living?) would be permitted.
13. The Meadow: The Meadow is a community asset and should not be built on although a redesign of the land to enable more efficient use of the space to enlarge the car parking area and/or to redesign the play area would be acceptable. These projects would be well suited for s106/CIL monies to be spend on.
14. The Scout hut field: The land on which the Scout hut (and planned replacement building) is located is a community asset and should not be used for any other purpose although activities complementary to its use by the Scout Association would be acceptable.
15. Village parking: The village halls should encouraged to open up access to their car parks for public use whenever they are not needed by renters of that hall in question.
16. Walkern Road: Design for approx 60 houses. Through paths and green corridors. Connectivity should flow both to the village centre and up to the station. Drainage should include SUDs. A new pedestrian bridge will be required to connect this site to the High Street/Stevenage Road, across the neighbouring field and from there up to the station. Placement of the dwellings on the plot should be as the previous plan. The development should be set back from Walkern road by in line with existing buildings. Buildings should be no more than two stories and designed and built in accordance with the policies above and respecting the protected sightlines.
17. Stevenage Road: Design for approx 60 houses in accordance with the previous plan. In line with the housing needs of the parish, only the area indicated on the plan should be released from the green belt. Houses should front onto the road, in continuity with existing development on the adjoining land. Buildings should be no more than two stories and designed and built in accordance with the policies above and respecting the protected sightlines. There will be a defined green as a central focal points. Through paths and green corridors including connecting to existing woodland. Planting should be used to create a new natural boundary
for the village edge. Connectivity should flow to the village and up to the station. Planting should be added to ensure a new and improved gateway into the village, taking the southern entrance to the village as inspiration. The high ground should not be developed but should be used to provide a recreational space for new and existing residents of that part of the village including Great Innings, Moorymead Road, Motts Close as well as the new development. A management plan should be put in place to ensure proper upkeep and maintenance of the recreational land.
18. The Station Rd depot: This brownfield plot is appropriate for 15 dwellings, to be designed in accordance with the previous plan as an infill development to enhance and complement Moorymead Close. Dwellings should be no more than two stories. A central green space should be included to act as a focal point for the new dwellings and to enhance connection of the plot to the existing dwellings opposite in Moorymead Close.
19. Mill Lane derelict plot: Development of this viable brownfield site in accordance with the design principles of this Plan is supported and encouraged as the current building is in a state of poor repair. Flexible use of the building would be supported, such as business use on the ground floor and residential above. Given the history of the plot with a tall mill, and the location of the plot adjacent to the common land area of the Lammas, this could be of a building of exceptional design which would be unique within the village.
20. Old doctors surgery car park in Great Innings: This brownfield site is currently used as an overflow car park for residents of Great Innings. Given its limited scope for residential development, the current use should be formalised. This could be an appropriate project for s106/CIL monies generated by other plots.