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



Latest news on the Rose & Crown –11 January 2017

 Rose & Crown – we need your  help!                  
The developers of the site continue to submit revised plans to the East Herts Planners. The latest
were filed on 21 December 2017 – in view of this, East Herts have extended the
deadline for public comments to 31 January 2018.
So far only 30 objections have been made to this application (there were 150
responses to the application last summer). 
If you have not already done so please respond. 

You can do this by email to East Herts Planning ( or by post quoting
the reference 3/17/1491/FUL or on line on the East Herts Planning
If you need help read on. 
We know that people have been busy over Christmas but so do the developers and
they may be hoping that you won’t find the time.
Planning Documents
There are now a total of 84 planning documents on the website.

The Parish Council have decided to provide an opportunity for everyone to have a
look at the latest relevant plans and talk to the Parish Council on Saturday
27 January in the Bowls Pavilion between 14.00 and 15.30.
Possible Objections:
The proposed pub is too small to be viable and provides little or no customer parking
The density of the new housing is too high for a conservation area in the heart of the village
Car parking for residents is set at the minimum level. This will aggravate the
parking problems that already exist in Brookfield, School Lane, Stringers lane,
New Park Lane and Benington Road
The 5 new build houses consist of 3 four bedroom houses and 2 three bedroom. The
need of the village is for more smaller houses
All the four bedroom houses are 3 storey. This is not appropriate for this
The developer’s plans are incorrect. The width of Benington Road is overstated by
 2.5 metres.  If the road boundary is set as planned it will result in an
extended stretch of Benington Road being very narrow and use of the planned bus
layby will block the road for passing traffic
Have any of the other road width and parking spaces been overstated in the plans?
Does the village want a gated community in the heart of the village? 

If you need any assistance or cannot attend the meeting and would like to discuss
any of these points please contact any of the Parish Councillors.

Steve Brown,    
Chairman,     Aston Parish

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