Consultation for revised draft Local Plan gives you the chance to shape Dacorum’s future
We need you to have your say on the future of the borough – you can help to decide the plan and direction for Dacorum for more than the next decade.
Today (Monday 30 October 2023), from midday, you can comment on our revised draft Local Plan for six weeks. Your comments will play a big part in determining how Dacorum looks until 2040.
If you are a resident of Dacorum, have a business based in the borough, or perhaps are a regular visitor to one of our towns and villages, we want to hear from you. Please give us your views in the consultation on our Revised Strategy for Growth, which will strongly influence the creation of the new Dacorum Local Plan 2024-2040.
Our borough is already a great place to live and raise a family, and a proven perfect location for national and international business. This consultation is about you, and about making sure that Dacorum continues to become an even better place to live and grow up, as well as thriving as a hub for business and industry.
The consultation will take place online through our new interactive engagement platform, Let’s Talk Dacorum, in person at local events, and by post, ending at 11.59pm on Monday 11 December 2023.
This is our latest consultation as we develop and prepare the new draft Dacorum Local Plan, and so far…
- We held an extensive consultation in 2017, and subsequently went through a detailed evidence-gathering process;
- We presented our Draft Local Plan, the Emerging Strategy for Growth, for a consultation in 2020 – and listened carefully to all of your responses.
Thank you to everyone who shared their views at those times - your contributions have already helped to shape the future of your borough.
The Local Plan will lay out the strategy for delivering new homes, jobs and investment across the borough; it will plan for important infrastructure such as schools, transport and health facilities; and will also set our approach to protecting and providing parks and green spaces, and the way in which we respond to the challenges of climate change. It will also provide the policies to be considered when decisions are made on planning applications.
The consultation, launched today, is a vital and fundamental next step in determining the amount and location of new development in Dacorum over the next 16 years within our new Local Plan, which plays a fundamental role in setting out our approach to:
- Identifying where and when development should take place
- Delivering a step change in housing growth
- Supporting the local economy, employment and retail
- Constantly adapting to, and mitigating the effects of a changing climate
- Promoting high quality design of development
- Conserving and enhancing the historic and natural environment and
- Enabling the delivery of critical infrastructure.
Once the consultation period has ended in December, we will consider all of your feedback and then prepare a summary Consultation Report for spring 2024. A pre-submission version of the Local Plan will be published in October 2024, in time for formal submission by mid 2025.
Cllr Sheron Wilkie, our Portfolio Holder for Place, said: “It is so important that as many of our residents and businesses as possible have their say as part of this consultation, as their views will help to shape plans for the borough for many years to come. Dacorum is a wonderful place to live - a fantastic area for families to call home and visit - with incredibly diverse towns and villages, and it is an important location for business.
“The feedback we receive from this consultation is vital to ensure that Dacorum can keep flourishing, and that the right decisions on housing and infrastructure will be made, while we make absolutely sure that our natural environment is protected and, of course, that sustainability and the challenges of climate change are top priorities.”
Your feedback in previous consultations has already led to changes in our Revised Strategy for Growth. Here’s how…
- You said: The housing target should be lower. So we have consulted on a proposed reduction to the overall housing target, from the Government target of 1,017 to around 900 new homes a year.
- You said: The proposed level of homes across the borough was disproportionate for our smaller towns and villages. So we have reduced the number of homes proposed at Berkhamsted, Tring, and our villages, and focused on transforming Dacorum’s largest and most sustainable town, Hemel Hempstead, by delivering new growth and infrastructure via the Hemel Garden Communities programme.
- You said: The Council needs to maximise housing on brownfield sites. So we have set out new opportunities to regenerate Hemel Hempstead’s town centre and other urban areas.
- You said: We need to reduce the amount of Green Belt being lost for development. So we are proposing the removal of 12 sites previously shown for housing in the Green Belt.