Hitchin's Countryside short-listed for Development

NHDC has published a short-list of sites considered suitable for housing development. On the edge of Hitchin, these include Priory Park and Highover Farm. Full details of the short list can be seen in the Council's report, Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, and in associated maps. Just click on the links below

Full report
Maps including Hitchin and Ickleford
Maps including St Ippolyts

Priory Park for housing development?

One of the short-listed sites for housing development is the whole of Priory Park, stretching south from the bypass (Park Way), across Brick Kiln Lane, and almost reaching Maydencroft Manor. It would extend along Gosmore Road to the edge of Gosmore itself, while to the west it would overlook Charlton. With other members of Hitchin Town Action Group[1], we believe that such a development would be hugely damaging to Hitchin. We consider it essential that NHDC is persuaded not to include this site in any Draft Local Plan. This is now urgent, as if left until a Draft Local Plan is published it would be too late for any fundamental change to be made to the Plan. This is the moment to ensure all District Councillors are aware of the strength of feeling against the loss of Priory Park to development.There are two things we suggest:

Write to your local councillor to expressing your concern. A joint message from HTAG has already been sent to Hitchin Councillors, and you may wish to use some of the issues raised.
HTAG message to Councillors (38kB PDF file)

List of Councillors with addresses (4kB PDF file)

Join us for a guided walk across Priory Park on Sunday, 27th July 2014.

Click here for flyer with details (96kB PDF file).

Please encourage friends and neighbours to join us. The walk will start from the footbridge near the Three Moorhens public house. We suggest gathering from 10.45 to allow a prompt start at 11.00. The walk will be about 2.5 miles long (although short-cuts are available) on public rights of way across open farmland. Some of the paths are uneven, although there are no stiles on the route. Participants are advised that they take part in this event entirely at their own risk.

[1] The Hitchin Society, Hitchin Forum, Hitchin Historical Society and Hitchin Initiative