Community Review Panel

What is happening in Dacorum?

There will be significant new development across Dacorum in the coming years, required to deliver much-needed housing. We're currently preparing our new Local Plan to guide development and change to 2036. Most of the growth will be in and around existing towns. Hemel Hempstead has been awarded Garden Town status by central Government, which creates an historic opportunity to transform the town with 11,000 new homes and 10,000 jobs.

We aspire to deliver this growth in a way that is inclusive and empowering to existing and new communities, maximises opportunities and enhances quality of life. To achieve this, it is essential to understand the views of people living, working and studying in Dacorum.

What is the Community Review Panel?

The Community Review Panel is one of the ways through which we plan to better understand the needs of the local community. The panel will play an independent, advisory role in Dacorum’s planning work, discussing issues including housing, transport, public and green spaces, and the environment. This will help ensure that new developments are of the highest possible design quality, and meet the needs of people living, working and studying in the area, now and in the future.

The panel will meet once a month to discuss development proposals and give its views. These discussions will be turned into a formal report and will feed into decisions made by us. The panel’s recommendations will be taken seriously as a formal part of the planning process.

Who will be on the panel?

The Community Review Panel will have around 16 members, including people of all backgrounds and ages (18 or over), who know their local area and who want to positively influence its future.

The members of the panel will have a diverse range of skills, experience and knowledge. They will:

  • have a strong understanding of the local area, the way it works, its history, its inhabitants, and local needs
  • be able to provide constructive advice, from a community perspective, on proposals for development and change, as well as the needs of existing residential and business communities
  • make confident contributions in meetings
  • collaborate and respect the contribution of others in panel discussions.

How often will the panel meet?

There will be around 12 meetings in the first year. The panel will be set up for a year to start with and, at the end of the year, everyone on the panel will have the opportunity to decide if they want to carry on being involved.

How will the panel be managed?

Frame Projects is responsible for recruiting and managing the panel, to make sure that it is independent, properly briefed and able to effectively communicate its views to the Council. It will provide panel members with the support needed for their role through free training sessions. These might include help with reading plans and maps, understanding the basics of urban design and development proposals, or confidence in getting your views across in panel meetings.

Applications now closed

Thank you to everyone who applied for the panel. We are currently assessing applications, and you will be contacted directly if you have been shortlisted.

If you have any queries in the meantime, or would like to be kept up to date with Community Review Panel news, please email

Further information

 Dacorum Community Review Panel flyer (PDF 2MB)