Resident letter – Update

Dear resident

As you may be aware a planning consultant on behalf of clients in Hail Weston submitted a plot of land in response to Huntingdonshire District Council’s (HDC) ‘Call for Sites’ in summer 2017. This call was part of the processes of developing a Huntingdonshire Local Plan (for development) to 2036.

HDC published a response document on the 4th of October which shows that the submitted site will not be assessed in detail at this time as it is ‘not in a sustainable location’ (see appendix 3). The response is available online at

A further HDC public consultation opened on 4th October and closes on 3rd of November to allow members of the public an opportunity to comment on those sites offered as part of the Call for Sites consultation.

This new consultation is known as ‘Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment’ (HELAA). Any resident can comment by registering on the HDC website.

The next Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 17th October. You are welcome to attend and there will be an opportunity to discuss or seek clarity on this matter during the ‘open forum’ part of the meeting. Parish Council meeting agendas are published in advance of meetings at and posted on the Parish Council Notice Board on the High Street.

At the last Parish Council meeting residents who attended felt the need for a public meeting with the planning consultant. This will now be arranged in due course. The planning consultant is keen to hear residents’ views and explore development potential.

The Parish Council is aware that a proposed development of this kind could be significant for the village and want to ensure residents have all the relevant information.

Thank you
Hail Weston Parish Council – 7/10/17


HDC Local Plan 2036 – Register interest and be kept informed

Residents can register their interest in the current Local Plan with Hunts DC to :-

  • Keep track of all planning policy consultations
  • Register for notifications about new consultations
  • Make comments on current consultations
  • View comments made by others.

If you wish to register on the system click here:

October is playing field maintenance month

Please join fellow Hail Westoners on any Sunday morning in October for some painting and general maintenance work on the wooden structures etc. Meet near the parking area at the end of Newtown from 10am, subject to fine weather.
Everybody welcome, no special skills required, just wear something old.
If you’d like to join in but can’t do Sundays, contact Jane who can suggest a task and put you in touch with a can of paint –
Many hands make light work!

Call for Sites – proposed development residential, older people and community benefits

hd Planning have submitted a report to Huntingdonshire District Council in response to a Call for Sites consultation.

The proposal is for land situated to the south and west of the High Street, Hail Weston.

HDC are now processing and analysing all comments made and all sites submitted to the Local Plan to 2036: Consultation Draft 2017 and Call for Sites , which closed on 25 August 2017.
The next round of consultation will be a further Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) consultation starting in late September. This will include an assessment of new sites submitted within this summer’s Call for Sites consultation. Comments on the further HELAA consultation, and comments made on the Consultation Draft 2017, will inform the finalised version of the plan, known as the Proposed Submission Draft, which is scheduled for December 2017.

In the meantime, hd planning are keen to present at the Parish Council meeting on September 19th within the open forum the proposal.


Hail Weston cyclist in Tour of Britain

Young local cyclist, Jacob Hennesey, is holding his own against pro riders in this week’s 2017 Tour of Britain as one of 6 riders chosen for the Great Britain cycling team.

20 year old Hennesey has completed each stage of the tour so far and is competing with well-known riders including Brits Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas. In stage 2, over 212Km, he placed 56th out of 119 cyclists.

See the Tour results here.

Jake took up racing with St Neots cycle club in 2015. Congratulations, a fantastic achievement!

New vicar inaugurated

The Rev Nicki Bland was installed as Church of England Priest-in-Charge of Great and Little Staughton and Hail Weston at a service on Tuesday 6th September.

Her ‘institution and licensing’ was overseen by the Bishop of Huntingdon and Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech in a packed church (St Andrew’s Great Staughton). During the service, Nicki was formally welcomed by various representatives from the church and local community. The evening ended with drinks, nibbles and time for chatting. As well as thanking the organisers, the Archdeacon thanked retired members of clergy who have helped with services during the time since Judy retired. Nicki gave special thanks to her husband John for his hard work since they moved into the vicarage at Great Staughton in July.

Nicki and John’s little grandson behaved impeccably throughout!

Street Lighting