Have your say on our new Draft Employment and Skills Supplementary Planning Document

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We are launching a consultation on the new Employment and Skills Draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) at 12pm on Friday 28 October 2022.

In Dacorum, there is opportunity for new development to contribute towards delivering skills and employment opportunities in the Borough, directly benefitting its local residents and economy. The draft SPD aims to achieve this by requiring development above a set threshold to prepare and implement a Social Value Strategy.

The document aims to:

  • Increase employment opportunities by helping local businesses to improve, grow and take on more staff
  • Help businesses to find suitable staff and suppliers, especially local ones
  • Improve the skills of local people to enable them to take advantage of the resulting employment opportunities; and
  • Help businesses already located in Dacorum to grow and attract new businesses into the area.

By adopting the document as an SPD, we can create opportunities from new development, for employment, skills and apprenticeships, delivering on the priorities of the Dacorum Economic Recovery Plan (2021).

Following the consultation, we will consider the views raised and make any changes we feel are necessary to the document before returning this to Scrutiny, Cabinet and Full Council for approval to adopt the document. Once adopted the SPD will become a material consideration in determining planning applications.

Cllr Alan Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Place said: “This Supplementary Planning Document will ensure that our residents directly benefit from the new jobs and training opportunities that will be created during the construction of new homes and commercial development within Dacorum, helping to grow a skilled local workforce and supporting our economy, suppliers and businesses.

“I hope that residents and businesses will have their say on these important proposals and help us to secure investment from future development into our communities.”

The Draft Employment and Skills SPD consultation can be found on our Additional planning guidance and advice notes page.

Hard copies of the documents are viewable:

  • at Borough Council offices (during normal opening hours)

Details of different ways of contacting us can be found on our Contact us page.

It is also possible to purchase hard copies of documents, please email for more information.

Consultation closing date is 11.59pm on 28 November 2022.