Here's the latest update on Dacorum's Local Plan

The 13-week consultation on the Local Plan for Dacorum ended in February

Thursday, 1st July 2021, 4:04 pm

Dacorum Borough Council is preparing a summary report which provides an overview of the consultation on the 'Emerging Strategy for Growth' stage of the Local Plan

The Emerging Strategy for Growth was the second consultation on the new Local Plan for Dacorum, and set out the emerging approach to accommodating growth across the borough.

The consultation, which ran for 13 weeks and ended in February, attracted a high level of response. A total of 4,109 individuals and organisations responded, producing over 15,574 separate responses.

Dacorum Local Plan
Dacorum Local Plan

During the consultation the Local Plan pages of the Council’s website were visited 40,852 times and the virtual exhibition attracted 4,674 users, visiting the exhibition 5,867 times.

Now the consultation has closed, the council has prepared a summary report which provides an overview of the consultation process and the main issues raised in the responses.

The summary report was presented to the Council’s Strategic Planning and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (SPAEOSC) last night (30 June) for noting, together with a report setting out the recommended next steps for the Local Plan.

As SPAEOSC is not a decision making body it will be for the council’s Cabinet to agree the next steps.

At its meeting in July, the council’s Cabinet will decide on how to progress the Local Plan, taking account of any views expressed by Members of SPAEOSC.

This will include consideration of whether any further work needs to be done to investigate whether the level of growth required by the Government’s Standard Methodology is appropriate for Dacorum, given the presence of the Green Belt, Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Chilterns Beechwoods Special Area of Conservation.

The council will also be undertaking further analysis of urban capacity across the borough to determine if the impact on the Green Belt can be reduced, and re-examining matters that have changed following the Covid-19 pandemic.

This means the publication of the Local Plan will be deferred.

The Local Plan will also align itself with the development of the new Hemel Place Strategy, which was endorsed by Cabinet on April 20, 2021. This is part of a multi-agency programme to develop an ambitious vision for the future transformation of the town.

The council will prepare a revised Local Development Scheme setting out the revised programme as soon as practicable.

For more information and the full Emerging Strategy for Growth document visit: www.dacorum.gov.uk/localplan.