Challenges facing the NT Ashridge Estate

At the Parish Council Meeting on 15th February, Paul Miller from the National Trust will be talking to residents about the very special and diverse Ashridge Estate, the significant current and future challenges across the estate, and the strategic approach the NT are taking to mitigate these challenges. ‘Protecting our Roots’ is the NT project developing the necessary transformational change, collaboratively with a range of stakeholders. Paul will be pleased to listen to residents’ views.

There’s more information on the NT website.

If you’re interested to hear what Paul has to say he will be at the Church Room, Potten End from 7.30pm on Thursday 15th February.

Parish Council News – January 2024

Open spaces
The two trees on the Spencer Holland recreation ground which were considered high
risk have been removed. It wasn’t possible to cut back some trees on the sports field
whose branches are encroaching on the football pitch but this will be completed shortly.
Work will also commence in the next few weeks on some essential tree maintenance on
the Old Green.


Planning
Since the last meeting the council submitted an objection to proposed variations to work
at Williams Wood, Vicarage Rd (23/02958/ROC) but supported an application from Clayton
Cottage, Frithsden Lane for an extension and work to windows (23/02908/LBC).

At the January meeting the council will be considering proposals for:

  • 23 Water End Rd and land to rear of 21 Water End Rd (23/01211/FUL). This development has been discussed in various iterations at three council meetings and the Parish Council has objected to each proposal. The Applicant has proposed some additional alterations which don’t yet appear on the planning portal but are detailed in the briefing note for the Parish Council meeting.
  • 15 The Back, Potten End – works to trees (23/02963/TCA).
  • Hill House, Frithsden Copse – installation of heat pumps (23/03029/RET).
  • National Trust Land adjacent to Nettleden Road – felling of ash trees (24/00021/TCA).

The council has received notification of an appeal for a proposal to build a stable and hay
and feed store to which the Parish Council objected on land off Little Heath Lane (22/03183/FUL).

Dates for your diaries
Mr Paul Miller, General Manager of National Trust, Ashridge Estate will attend the council
meeting on 15th February to update us on their plans.


Mr Howard Craft, Club Manager of Berkhamsted Golf Club will attend the council meeting
on 21st March to update us on their plans for tree management.

Parish Council budget for 2024/27

At its meeting on 18th January the Parish Council received a presentation on a three year budget from 2024 – 2027 prior to agreeing a 10% increase in precept for 2024/25; precept being that part of the Council Tax which goes toward funding the Parish Council’s activities. Part of the Council’s reasons for increasing precept included the need to put aside reserves so that facilities like the play equipment or artificial football pitch can be repaired or replaced in the future.

The presentation and formal paper proposing the precept increase are available by clicking the links below.

Presentation.

Budget proposal

Dacorum Local Plan consultation – Parish Council response

Dacorum BC have published a draft Local Plan (2024-2040) Revised Strategy for Growth. Full details of the proposal and how to comment on it may be found on the Dacorum website. If you want to comment on the plan you must do so by 11.59pm on Monday 11th December.

The Parish Council has published its response focusing on the impact of increased traffic volumes through the parish as a result of developments at Berkhamsted, Pouchen End Land and to the north of Hemel. The Council is also concerned that the choice of secondary schools for residents will be curtailed as a result of the developments.

The Parish Council has also expressed concern at the proposals to release Green Belt land for development, inconsistencies in the analysis of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the various development sites, and a general lack of information about infrastructure such as roads, water supply and sewerage.

Defibrillator training

Defibrillator training sessions will be held at 2pm on Sundays 8th and 15th October. The session on the 8th will be held at Gaddesden Row Village Hall (HP2 6AG) and on the 15th at Potten End Church Room (HP4 2QY). Both sessions will last 2 hours and have been paid for by the Parish Councils of Great Gaddesden and Nettleden with Potten End. If you would like to attend please contact Julie Kuzel (julie.kuzel@mypostoffice.co.uk) for the 8th, or Andrew Farrow (nettledenwithpottenendpc@yahoo.co.uk) for the 15th.