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Help shape the future growth of Dacorum


We are urging residents to have their say on the future growth of the borough. We are launching our initial consultation on the new Local Plan on Wednesday 1 November.

The consultation focuses 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 our 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 we intend 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.

The consultation closes at midnight on Wednesday 13 December 2017.

After considering the feedback received, and putting it 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. It will become the blueprint for all planning decisions in Dacorum. The new Local Plan is scheduled to come into force in spring 2019.

The Issues and Options consultation and supporting information can be found on our new Local Plan page.