Community Review Panel

We're recruiting volunteers for our new Community Review Panel, which will be able to comment on plans for future development in the area.

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 are we looking for?

The Community Review Panel will have around 16 members, and we’re looking for people of all backgrounds and ages (18 or over). We’re keen to have people on the panel who know their local area and who want to positively influence its future - whether you are a resident, student, employer, employee or visitor in Dacorum. We especially want to hear from people who may not already be involved with a community group, and whose voice is not currently being heard. You do not need experience or knowledge in planning or architecture. Councillors and Council employees are not eligible to apply.

What skills or experience do I need?

The members of the panel should have a diverse range of skills, experience and knowledge. We’re looking for a broad cross-section of members drawn from across the community who:

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

How often will the panel meet?

We will need members of the panel to commit to coming to Community Review Panel meetings. There will be around 12 meetings to attend in the first year and background papers to read. We will meet at a time that best suits the members of the panel. The panel will be set up for a year to start with and, at the end of the year, everyone 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.

How can I get involved?

We really hope that you’ll apply to volunteer as a member of the Community Review Panel. You'll need to fill out an application form then, if shortlisted, you'll be invited to a selection workshop with other candidates on 11 or 14 November 2019 (6.30pm to 8.30pm).

To apply, please download and save the application form, then complete, save and email to

If you have any queries, please call 020 3971 6168.

Further information

 Dacorum Community Review Panel flyer (PDF 2MB)