New Dacorum Local Plan (to 2038)

What is the new Dacorum Local Plan?

The new Dacorum Local Plan is where the big decisions on planning for the future of our communities and the borough will be made. It sets out where new homes will be built and what employment land, new community facilities and infrastructure will be needed - including new schools and transport improvements.

In our next stage in preparing the new Dacorum Local Plan, we are consulting on the Emerging Strategy for Growth (2020-2038). This sets out our preferred approach to accommodating growth across Dacorum, the sites we are proposing and the draft policies that will deliver these and control other development within the borough. Our video explains more:

Once adopted, the new Dacorum Local Plan will replace the Site Allocations Development Plan Document (2016), Core Strategy (2013) and ‘saved policies’ from the Dacorum Borough Local Plan (2004). We’re also working with our neighbouring authorities to develop a Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) for the South West Hertfordshire area. This will set out a strategic framework and shared priorities for five local authorities and Hertfordshire County Council, and help us jointly plan for new infrastructure to be delivered alongside new homes and jobs.

Dacorum Local Plan Emerging Strategy for Growth (2020-2038) consultation

Consultation on the Emerging Strategy for Growth (2020-2038) is now open and will run until 11.59pm on Sunday 7 February 2021.

Visit the virtual exhibition

Our virtual exhibition is open throughout the consultation. Here you will find our exhibition boards, maps and consultation documents.

Visit the Dacorum Local Plan Virtual Exhibition to learn more about our plans and proposals and get involved by posting a question in the chat box - we’ll aim to get back to you within three working days. (Please note that any comments made in the ‘leave a message’ function, will not be recorded as a formal response to the consultation.)

How to have your say

  • We would request you submit your comments online using our consultation portal:

Have your say

If this is not possible, you can fill out a comments form (see Documents, below), which can be submitted:

  • By email to: responses@dacorum.gov.uk
  • By post to: Strategic Planning, Dacorum Borough Council. The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. HP1 1DN.
Documents can be loaned from the following libraries, information on opening hours can be found on the Hertfordshire County Council website:
  • Hemel Hempstead Library
  • Berkhamsted Library
  • Tring Library
  • Alternatively, you can view the documents at The Forum in Hemel Hempstead on an appointment-only basis. Please contact the Strategic Planning team to make arrangements (see ‘How can I find out more’ below).

Comments received cannot be treated as confidential and will be available to view publicly. However, published comments will exclude your personal contact details and include only your name.

Documents

Dacorum Local Plan (2020-2038) Emerging Strategy for Growth documents

 Part 1 - Local Plan Emerging Strategy for Growth 2020-2038 - pages 1 to 187 (PDF 8MB)
 Part 2 - Local Plan Emerging Strategy for Growth 2020-2038 - pages 188 to 261 (PDF 4MB)
 Part 3 - Local Plan Emerging Strategy for Growth 2020-2038 - pages 262 to 297 (PDF 11MB)
 Part 4 - Local Plan Emerging Strategy for Growth 2020-2038 - pages 298 to 359 (PDF 11MB)
 Local Plan Emerging Strategy for Growth 2020-2038 Draft Proposals Map (PDF 9MB)

Sustainability Appraisal documents

 Dacorum Local Plan Interim Sustainability Appraisal Report - November 2020 (PDF 2MB)
 Dacorum Local Plan Interim Sustainability Appraisal Report Appendices - November 2020 (PDF 4MB)
 Dacorum Local Plan Interim Sustainability Appraisal Report - Non-Technical Summary - November 2020 (PDF 1MB)

Other supporting consultation documents

 Local Plan Emerging Strategy for Growth 2020-2038 - Summary Document (PDF 6MB)
 Local Plan Emerging Strategy for Growth Consultation FAQs and Supporting Information (PDF 937KB)
 Local Plan Emerging Strategy for Growth 2020-2038 - Consultation comments form (PDF 248KB)

Previous consultations

In November 2017, extensive public consultation was carried out on the Issues and Options document - this looked at the challenges the borough faces to 2036, and options for how these could be addressed. A draft Sustainability Appraisal Working Note, which assessed the potential social, economic and environmental implications of the issues and options put forward, was also published for comment. Find out more about the Issue and Options consultation.

How we’ve been developing our Local Plan

The Plan has been informed by evidence and technical studies. Some evidence gathering has already begun to help inform this process. For more details, please visit our evidence base work for the new single Local Plan.

How can I find out more?

Please contact the Strategic Planning and Regeneration team if you have any questions or require further information:

Email: strategic.planning@dacorum.gov.uk
Telephone: 01442 228660 - Due to COVID-19 you may experience longer wait times than normal when calling, please email if at all possible.
Address: Strategic Planning and Regeneration Team, Dacorum Borough Council. The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel  Hempstead, Hertfordshire. HP1 1DN

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