Have your say!

It is your Parish, your future, your plan


The Watton-at-Stone Neighbourhood Plan will be a set of community-led planning policies about development, regeneration and conservation in Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire, which will form part of the formal planning policy for our village applied by the East Herts District Council.

Having the Plan in place will mean we will have a say at the outset of any planning processes, rather than having to wait until plans are further down the line. Eventually it is expected that the Watton-at-Stone Neighbourhood Plan will sit alongside the East Herts District Plan, giving a more detailed level of requirements for those wishing to develop in our particular parish.

This is our chance to influence new housing development and provide new facilities in our parish. The more people who take part in this conversation, the more effective we can be.


Following six years of enthusiastic community involvement during many events and several consultations, the Watton-at-Stone Plan is now completed.

Every household in the Parish received a summary brochure in January 2022. This started a seven-week consultation on its contents, finishing on 6 March. The Steering Group has carefully reviewed all of the comments and is making the necessary changes. We will soon be ready to submit the Plan to East Herts District Council.

EHDC will hold a further consultation and ask an examiner to check that it meets the relevant statutory requirements. Assuming the Plan meets the criteria, Watton-at-Stone parishioners will then be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not they would like to adopt the Plan.