Legal Agreement & Planning

THE AGREEMENT for a COUNTRY PARK at PANSHANGER 

The history of the S52 Legal Agreement to deliver a Country Park at Panshanger for the people of Hertfordshire dates back to May 1980, when following a Public Inquiry, the Secretary of State for Environment granted planning permission for mineral extraction at Panshanger Park, in return for the delivery of a Country Park across the 1000 acre estate.

Friends of Panshanger Park – Review of Country Park obligations (MARCH 2015): PANSHANGER COUNTRY PARK – Review of Legal Agreement, Owner Obligations and Cost Estimates

Friends of Panshanger Park – Legal Agreement & Planning History

The above document (see link) gives you a brief review of the history of this legal agreement and the detailed planning conditions which are associated. The obligation to deliver a Country Park is with owners Lafarge Tarmac. The statutory body representing the public which must ensure conditions of the Legal Agreement are met is Hertfordshire County Council.

THE SETTING of the COUNTRY PARK at PANSHANGER in the GREEN BELT

East Herts District Council are developing the district housing plan through to 2031.  The narrow band of Green Belt land between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford is being targeted by developers.  These plans could affect the setting of Panshanger Park in its historic landscape and its ability to function as a connected location for wildlife.

Friends of Panshanger Park – EHDC District Plan Consultation APRIL 2014.

The Friends of Panshanger Park made its submission to the public consultation on the East Herts Plan in May 2014 (see above document link).  The final plans should be issued in 2015, before being put before the Planning Inspectorate for consideration/approval.

The STRATEGIC GREEN CORRIDOR from STANBOROUGH to HERTFORD

Strategic Green Corridor – WHBC Consultation Comments on behalf of various groups & individuals

The Friends of Panshanger Park working with Welwyn Garden City Society and Hertingfordbury Parish Council made its submission to the public consultation on the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Plan in March 2015 (see above document link).  The final plans should be issued in 2015, before being put before the Planning Inspectorate for consideration/approval.

 

Public Access Rights

From 1st January 2018 mineral extraction has finished on the Panshanger Estate.

This means the full Country Park is now open. This public amenity for Hertfordshire is a legal obligation, in perpetuity, on the landowners. As granted by the Secretary of  State for Environment in 1980 in exchange for valuable mineral extraction rights.

See Country Park Access Map on home page to see areas you should now feel free to enter and enjoy.

Fences or locked gates restricting access to Country Park areas are not legal obstructions to public access.

Who we are

Friends of Panshanger Park formed in 2013 to represent groups & individuals disappointed by years of delay in the opening up of the full Country Park at Panshanger. The Panshanger estate owners were granted mineral extraction rights in following a Public Inquiry. The resulting legal agreement obliged the owners to return a restored Country Park with a wide range of facilities to the people of Hertfordshire.

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