Aston St Mary's Church
Aston Parish lies on the extreme western boundary of  the East Hertfordshire District and on the eastern boundary of the Stevenage Borough . The Parish of Aston comprises of three areas, each with its own character. Aston Village is situated on the top of the Beane Valley ridge and has developed historically around the church of St. Mary’s. It has many older properties and now embraces a number of small developments and is home to the local school, village hall, cricket, bowls, football and tennis club together with 2 public houses.  Aston End comprises a number of active farms and small clusters of houses and cottages, many of which are listed . A butchers shop and public house are located there.Hooks Cross ,situated on the busy A602 which dominates the character of this area , is a series of active farms and houses in a rural setting . It is bounded by the civil parishes of Walkern(NE), Benington(E), Watton(SE) and Datchworth(S).The Parish covers 712 hectares running broadly SSE to NNW direction. It straddles the strategic ridge line between Aston Brook and the River Beane. Overlooking Stevenage to the west and the Beane Valley to the east, the ridgeline is a significant planning watershed and natural boundary.The entire Parish is located within the Metropolitan Green Belt and is designated as a Landscape Conservation Area.Much of the Village of Aston is designated as a Conservation Area although a number of the most historic building are located outside of this. The Beane valley has been occupied since Palieolthic Man 150,000 years ago and there are several several sites of archaeological interest in the Parish.The river Beane which is a tributary of the Lea and hence the Thames, flanks Aston’s eastern boundary. It was once a much larger river ssuporting boating and fishing activities.Aston or Estone as it is referred to in the Dooms day Book formed part of lands belonging to Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. Until the 2nd World War, it retained a quietexistence and even as late as 1991, 10% of  Aston’s residence still had agricultural interests


EHC’s District Plan Major
Modifications Consultation

Although, the Inspector who has been examining the East
Herts Council’s District Plan has not yet issued her report she has issued
proposed changes (Major Modifications) to the plan.  There are some trivial changes for the East
of Stevenage (Gresley Park) part of the plan - she has not asked for this site to be removed.

Subsequently, EHC has issued an update of its planning figures which show that it has an oversupply of land within the 1st 5 years so that Gresley Park is no longer needed.  However, EHC have told Aston Parish Council that
they do not intend to remove it from the plan. 
Additionally, Stephen Sypula (PACE) has been researching the figures
used in the plan and it appears that EHC’s forecast for the supply of houses
has been considerably understated and that recent events suggest that the
forecast need for houses has been significantly overestimated.  Based on this latest information we will
again ask EHC to remove Gresley Park from the plan.

Below is a message posted by Stephen Sypula on Facebook;



Greetings concerned friends. Your contribution, hopefully with many more is now
so important. It will demonstrate wide scale objection to further unsustainable
development East of Stevenage and GRESLEY PARK in particular.

Those of you that have stuck with us during
this long two-year journey will be pleased to know we are now close to reaching
our destination. Your support will hopefully help safeguard the Beane Valley -
its vital hydrological, environmental and ecological importance. It will help
reduce the erosion of local Green Belt, relieve the extra pressure on services,
and equally importantly stop the additional traffic flows through the town, our
country lanes and Villages. THIE NUMBERS GAME IS NOW SO IMPORTANT!.

Look out for our post next Wednesday, 21st March. That will provide links to and a
resume of PACE's, potentially 'show-stopping' submissions to EHDC. It will help
guide you, if you need it, on how simply to register and make your objection to
the Gresley Park proposal.

Our thanks to PACE, Aston and Walkern Parish Council's, Stephen McPartland MP, Stevenage Liberal Democrats, and of course all residents to the west of Gresley Way and elsewhere for your continuing support.”


 Aston Parish Council will be posting similar information to other sites on the 21st March and will also inform
you via the Aston Village News email system.  The following are links to all of the sites where the information will
be posted;


Aston Parish Council website News section -


Aston Village Community Facebook page -


Sayno2gp Facebook page -


Sayno2gp website Documents section -



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