South West Herts Joint Strategic Plan

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Neighbouring authorities are increasingly being encouraged to work together to provide the homes, jobs and infrastructure where people want to live.

Along with St Albans City and District Council, Three Rivers District Council and Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council, we are preparing a Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) for the South West Hertfordshire area (see map below).

The Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) will provide a long-term framework for the area to 2050. It will be able to consider and address issues that cross council boundaries and sets out a strategic vision for the area. It will also help guide future plans and strategies by setting out high-level policies on topics such as climate change, infrastructure, environmental protection, employment and housing.

By working together, the Councils are confident they will be in a stronger position to deliver, and better fund, essential local transport links, health services and educational facilities that local people want to see.

Each council will still be responsible for preparing its own Local Plan, but a Joint Strategic Plan will be the first critical stage in local planning across South West Hertfordshire, setting the strategic framework and shared priorities within which individual local plans can be prepared.

For more information, please visit the South West Hertfordshire Joint Strategic Plan website, where you'll find details about the background to the Joint Strategic Plan and its progress. It will also allow you to share your ideas with us so together we can plan for the future of the area.

Area to be covered by the Joint Strategic Plan

Map of local authorities in South West Herts taking part in a Joint Strategic Plan

Governance, agendas and minutes

As part of progressing this work, the councils have agreed the following governance arrangements:

For agendas and minutes from the meetings of the Strategic Planning Members Group, please visit the South West Hertfordshire Joint Strategic Plan website.

Initial engagement

In partnership with the five other councils that make up South West Hertfordshire, we ran a Your Future poll in order to hear what you like about your area now, and what you think we should be thinking about as we look to shape the future.

The engagement, which was hosted and managed by specialist online consultants, took place between February and May 2020.

Their report of the initial engagement results is available to view below:

 South West Hertfordshire Initial Engagement Results (PDF 8MB)