Core Strategy (adopted 25 September 2013)

The Core Strategy for Dacorum Borough was formally adopted by the Council on 25 September 2013. It now forms part of the Development Plan for the borough and will be used to assess any planning applications that are submitted to us.

Core Strategy document

Proposals map

The Core Strategy can be viewed on our proposals map page.

'Saved’ policies

The Core Strategy is the first of the documents that make up Dacorum’s new Local Plan. It therefore does not replace all of the policies contained within the Dacorum Borough Local Plan 1991-2011. Many of policies have been ‘saved’ and will continue to form part of the Development Plan for Dacorum Borough until they are formally superseded or cancelled. A schedule setting out which of these Dacorum Borough Local Plan policies have been saved and which are superseded is available below:

 Schedule of Local Plan policies (PDF 308KB)

Legal challenge to the Core Strategy

Following the adoption of the Core Strategy on the 25 September 2013, there was a six-week period during which any person aggrieved by the Core Strategy could make an application to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 on the grounds that the document is not within the appropriate powers, or that a procedural requirement has not been complied with.

On 4 November 2013 a legal challenge was received to the plan from Grand Union Investments Ltd. Further information about this challenge is set out in the our  frequently asked questions (PDF 157 KB) document.

The legal challenge was heard in the High Court on 26 and 27 March 2014.

Judge Lindblom handed down his judgment on 12 June 2014. He found in favour of the Council on both of the grounds of challenge. The challenge has therefore been dismissed. GUI’s legal team submitted an appeal request at the judgment hearing, but this was refused. GUI did not seek to appeal via the Court of Appeal. 

 The transcript of the High Court Judgment (PDF 3.26MB).

If you require any further information, please contact the Strategic Planning team on 01442 228660 or email

Core Strategy Examination archive

Prior to adoption, the Core Strategy and supporting evidence base was subject to extensive examination by an independent planning Inspector in October 2012.

You can view all the documents prepared for the examination, including evidence studies, Inspector's notes, our written responses and wider public representations on the Core Strategy Examination page