New Single Local Plan (to 2036)


We formally adopted the Core Strategy for Dacorum on 25 September 2013. Section 29 of the Core Strategy (called Monitoring) includes a commitment to conduct a partial review of the Core Strategy. We confirmed that this would follow completion of the Site Allocations DPD. Through this new Local Plan (partial review), we said we would look again at:

  • household projections
  • the role and function of the Green Belt affecting Dacorum, including long-term boundaries and the potential to identify safeguarded land beyond 2031, and, more significantly,
  • the role that effective co-operation with local planning authorities could play in meeting any housing needs arising from Dacorum. This element will include St Albans district and relevant areas lying beyond the Green Belt.

Issues and Options consultation

What is the new Local Plan?

We are in the process of preparing a new Local Plan for the borough. The first stage of this process is the preparation of an Issues and Options document, which looks at the challenges the Borough is facing to 2036, and how these could be addressed. This document outlines issues and options to ensure the growth that we need is delivered in the right place, and is of the right character and quality. Once finalised, the new Local Plan will replace the Core Strategy and Site Allocations DPDs and ‘saved’ polices from the 2004 Local Plan.

A draft Sustainability Appraisal Working Note, which assesses the potential social, economic and environmental implications of the issues and options put forward, has also been published for comment.
Other supporting documents are also available, including information on key Green Belt sites, which have been suggested by landowners and developers for future housing and other uses.

Why is the new Local Plan important?

Our prime location and excellent connectivity means that we have high growth pressures that we need to plan for. We need more homes and, in particular, homes that you and your families can afford to buy and to rent. It means that we need to continue to create more opportunities for jobs to grow the local economy. We also need to keep improving our transport networks and other key facilities. It also means that we need to protect and enhance what you love about where you live.  

Producing a Local Plan is a priority for us for a number of reasons. The Government is clear that local authorities are expected to have up-to-date plans in place to guide development within their area to plan for the infrastructure, homes and jobs that our residents need. Failure to have an up-to-date plan could risk government intervention and result in the loss of local democratic control of the process. Having an up-to-date plan in place also means that we retain control over where development should be located rather than it being delivered in an ad hoc way as a result of speculative development, sometimes without sufficient benefit to local communities or consideration of local infrastructure.

How can I comment and where are the documents available?

The consultation begins at 9am on Wednesday 1 November and closes at midnight on Wednesday 13 December 2017. For further information, please visit our Current consultations page.

How we’ve been developing our Local Plan

The Plan has been informed by evidence and technical studies. Some evidence gathering has already begun to help inform this process. For more details, please visit our evidence base work for the new single Local Plan.

Listening to the community

From consultations for previous planning documents, we know that local communities want us to:

  • keep the character of Dacorum
  • limit the impact on the countryside
  • plan for homes for the older generation and affordable homes
  • plan for local jobs and services
  • make sure our roads can cope
  • provide suitable levels of infrastructure to support new development
  • use brownfield sites

Now is the opportunity for you to give further feedback on what our Local Plan should say.

When are the public exhibitions?

There will be public exhibitions attended by representatives of the Council at the following times and locations and below the table are the exhibition boards , the file "Dacorum Local Plan exhibition 1-10" contains the boards common to all exhibitions - and then there is a board specific the each location:

Location and times of Local Plan public exhibitions
Location Venue  Date  Time 
Kings Langley Kings Langley Cricket Club, The Pavilion, Vicarage Lane, Kings Langley, WD4 9HS  Monday 13 November 2pm - 9pm 
Tring Pendley Manor, Cow Lane, Tring, HP23 5QY Tuesday 14 November 2pm - 9pm 
Berkhamsted Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 161 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3HD Friday 17 November 2pm - 9pm 
Hemel Hempstead  The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN  Monday 20 November  2pm - 9pm 
Markyate  Markyate Village Hall, Cavendish Road, Markyate, AL3 8PS  Wednesday 22 November  2pm - 9pm 
Bovingdon  Bovingdon Memorial Hall, High Street, Bovingdon, HP3 0HJ  Friday 24 November 2pm - 9pm 

What happens after the consultation?

The new Local Plan is available for public consultation until 13 December 2017. After this we will process all of the feedback from the consultation to inform the next iteration of the Local Plan for consultation in 2018.

For more information about future stages of consultation, please see our  New Single Local Plan (2036) timetable (PDF 12KB). This timetable will be kept under review.

Call for sites

The call for sites is open between 1 November to 13 December 2017. If you wish to promote a site for development within Dacorum, under the Local Plan or Brownfield Land Register, this should be submitted through this separate call for sites processes, which is running in parallel with the Issues and Options consultation. For more details and submission forms, please visit our call for sites page.

How can I find out more?

Please contact the Strategic Planning and Regeneration team if you have any questions or require further information:

Telephone: 01442 228660
Address: Strategic Planning and Regeneration Team, Dacorum Borough Council. The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel  Hempstead, Hertfordshire. HP1 1DN

Plan timetable

For more information, please see our  New Single Local Plan (2036) timetable (PDF 12KB).

Evidence base for the Single Local Plan

Evidence gathering has already begun to help inform this process, with the publication of stage 1 of a comprehensive Green Belt review. For more details, please visit our evidence base work for the new single Local Plan page.
 A South West Hertfordshire Retail and Leisure study is being prepared.  See below for information on the household survey being carried out as part of this study.
 Retail study survey information (PDF 216KB)

Call for sites 2015

The call for sites 2015 exercise has now closed. New sites submitted under this process will initially be appraised under the update of the 2008 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).

Please see below for a summary list of responses received.

 Summary list of responses received to the call for sites 2015 (PDF 83.8KB)