Dacorum Borough Council is urging residents to have their say on the future growth of the borough.
The council is launching its initial consultation on the new Local Plan on Wednesday 1 November.
The consultation focusses on the ‘Issues and Options’ report which looks at the challenges the borough is facing to 2036, and how these could be addressed.
Residents can find out more about these issues and options at public exhibitions across Dacorum from Monday 13 November to Friday 24 November.
A key role of the Local Plan is to establish the amount and location of new development in Dacorum over the next 20 years and to set out the council’s approach to:
- How towns and villages might need to change to help accommodate new homes and jobs;
- The future role of the area’s Green Belt;
- How the council intends to protect and enhance the built and natural environment;
- How infrastructure needs (such as schools, GP surgeries and roads) will be met; and
- How the local economy and town centres will be supported.
The consultation is also an opportunity for anyone wishing to promote a site for development within the borough to do so through the ‘Call for Sites’ process which is running in parallel with the Issues and Options consultation.
Graham Sutton, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration said:
“The council needs to continue to plan positively for regeneration and growth, and in doing so some difficult decision will need to be made. Given the limited amount of available land in the borough and significant environmental constraints, it will be vital that the right balance is struck between new development and protecting the character of our towns, villages and countryside, which we value so greatly. Please respond to this consultation – and encourage others to do so too. We have yet to make any decisions on what the plan should contain and your views will help us to draw up our new Local Plan.”
The consultation closes at midnight on Wednesday 13 December 2017.
After considering the feedback received, and considering this in the context of technical work and Government guidance, a more detailed draft plan will be prepared for further consultation later in 2018.
Once finalised, the new Local Plan will replace the existing Core Strategy and Site Allocations DPDs and ‘saved’ polices from the 2004 Local Plan, and become the blueprint for all planning decisions within Dacorum. The new Local Plan is scheduled to come into force in spring 2019.
The Issues and Options consultation, supporting information and dates for the public exhibitions can be found at www.dacorum.gov.uk/newlocalplan
The consultation begins at 9am on Wednesday 1st November and closes at midnight on Wednesday 13th December 2017.
All information and documents relating to the consultation is available:
- via the Council’s consultation portal https://dacorum-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/planning/lp/io/io
- on the Council’s website http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/newlocalplan
- at public libraries within the borough (during normal opening hours): https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries
- at Borough Council offices (during normal opening hours)
There will be public exhibitions attended by representatives of the Council at the following times and locations:
Kings Langley Cricket Club
Monday 13th November 2pm to 9pm
Tuesday 14th November 2pm to 9pm
Berkhamsted Civic Centre
161 High Street
Friday 17th November 2pm to 9pm
Monday 20th November 2pm to 9pm
Markyate Village Hall
Wednesday 22nd November 2pm to 9pm
Bovingdon Memorial Hall
Friday 24th November 2pm to 9pm
Published on: October 26, 2017