Grovehill Future Forum – Helping to shape the future together

Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassador Dacorum Borough Council have been working with neighbourhood planning group ‘Grovehill Future Forum’ since 2012 to help them prepare, design and complete the final version of the Neighbourhood Plan, which obtained public approval at the first ever Neighbourhood Plan referendum in February.

The Grovehill Neighourhood Plan is now an official planning policy document for any new development within Grovehill, and will include the site allocation LA1 – Marchmont Farm.

Cllr Graham Sutton (pictured, left), Portfolio Holder for Planning and Infrastructure, said: “This is a real testament to the dedication and vision of a community coming together, learning new skills and agreeing what action is needed to help support, improve and regenerate the area that they live in for the existing residents and future generations.”

Neighbourhood Plans are designed to give local residents a say in how development is shaped in their neighbourhood. For more information on the Grovehill journey and how the Neighbourhood Plans were completed, visit our neighbourhood planning page.

Mike Devlin (pictured, right), Chairman of the Grovehill Futures Forum, said: “We started this unknown journey together and with the support and advice from Dacorum Borough Council Officers, we were able to take our ideas for the protection and enhancement of the area we love, to an official planning policy document. This document must be considered when development is put forward and these policies are specific and, most importantly, unique to Grovehill. We would like to thank the 852 residents who took the time to vote, with 657 agreeing to adopt the plan.”

Although the Neighbourhood Plan is now finished, there are still plenty of opportunities to continue to improve the area. Within the plan are ‘Community Projects’ that the Forum wishes to complete. Some of these require funding from grants, Dacorum Borough Council or Herts County Council, or community infrastructure money for larger developments, whilst others requirenothing more than personal time.

Grovehill Future Forum is looking for volunteers to help progress these projects, either at a one-off event or by joining the group to help look for funding, agree priorities and help deliver them. If you would like to join the Forum or want more information, please visit the Grovehill Future Forum’s website

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