Land West of Knebworth Village
North Hertfordshire District Council has identified two sites on the western edge of Knebworth Village for the development of new homes, open space and supporting infrastructure – including land for a new primary school – in its emerging Local Plan 2011-2031. The site to the north of Park Lane is identified as KB1, the site to the south of Park Lane as KB2.
The Lytton Cobbold family and Countryside Properties are currently working with North Hertfordshire District Council and Hertfordshire County Council to create a ‘Strategic Masterplan’ for KB1 and KB2, which would establish the key design principles that would govern the development of both sites. Policy SP9 of the emerging Local Plan requires the production of Strategic Masterplans for all significant development sites allocated in the Plan, including KB1 and KB2.
As part of that work, we have prepared a series of initial ‘Framework Plans’ for KB1 and KB2, setting out some key issues and options for the two sites, and we are consulting Knebworth residents on these plans during March 2022, before we produce a final draft of the Strategic Masterplan. We would be grateful if you would please take a look at the Framework Plans we have produced on this website and let us know your views by filling in the Feedback Form on the ‘Provide Your Feedback’ page. Your feedback would help inform the production of the final draft Strategic Masterplan, which we hope to consult on in late spring / early summer 2022 before submitting to North Hertfordshire District Council.
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About the Lytton Cobbold family
The land that now includes the parish of Knebworth was purchased by the Lytton family on 17th February 1490. The 14th generation of the family saw the East Coast Railway cut through the estate, and the 15th saw the building of Knebworth Station.
Just over 100 years ago, the 16th generation of the family, Victor Lytton, began work on creating the village of ‘New’ Knebworth, on land surrounding Knebworth Station. Inspired by the work and vision of Ebenezer Howard and his followers at Letchworth Garden City, he commissioned his brother-in-law, the eminent architect of his day, Edwin Lutyens, to create ‘Knebworth Garden Village’.
The current generation of the Lytton family, the 19th – Martha and Henry Lytton Cobbold – manages the remains of the estate, alongside the heritage leisure facility of Knebworth Park and the independent charity the Knebworth House Education and Preservation Trust (KHEPT).
Through the 1990s and the 2000s, Henry Lytton Cobbold worked on volunteer team appraisals of Knebworth village commissioned by the Parish Council – the 1996 Parish Appraisal and the 2007 Parish Plan – and for four years was a Governor of the Primary School. Of the many things he learnt during that time, one of the things that struck him most was that the built elements of ‘New’ Knebworth most valued by the community tend to be those that have survived from the original Knebworth Garden Village scheme.
About Countryside Properties
Countryside Properties is the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer specialising in building communities. Their sites vary from small stand-alone developments to larger communities, primarily around London and the south east of England.
Countryside’s attention to detail has been recognised with more than 360 awards since 2000, and they hold more Housing Design Awards than any other housebuilder. In 2008, the company’s Accordia scheme in Cambridgeshire won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ annual Sterling Prize: the first residential scheme ever to win this prestigious award.
In March 2021, Countryside retained its 5-star rating from the Home Builders Federation following its annual ‘National new home customer satisfaction survey’. In addition, the company has been awarded both the ‘Gold Award’ and ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award from In-house Research Limited for customer satisfaction in 2020.
Countryside has established a strong reputation for delivering high-quality mixed-tenure housing developments. With in-house expertise in a range of disciplines including architecture, planning and engineering, they are able to create places of character and quality that help set them apart from the rest in developing new communities around London and the Home Counties. All of Countryside’s developments and homes carry a signature style and character, and are built to exacting standards.