Dacorum Local Plan Consultation

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Just a few days left now to make your comments on DBC’s Local Plan 2020-38 which has far reaching proposals for the Borough, with nearly 20,000 new homes planned by 2038, new ‘neighbourhoods’ in Tring and Berkhamsted on current high quality Green Belt, impact on infrastructure and the long, rural views we currently enjoy to and from the Chilterns AONB.

If you haven’t already, you can view these plans at: www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/planning-development/planning-strategic-planning/new-single-local-plan

The Chiltern Countryside Group’s final submission is now posted on their website. Please use any of the comments you wish from the CCG response to inform your own. A useful summary of key points which address the questions of the Consultation is included below. However, It’s better if you can re-phrase the comment in your own words but if you’re short of time, then do please feel free to reiterate the CCG observations, rather than not respond.

Please share this as widely as possible amongst your own contacts.

Here’s how to respond:

  1. Go to the Consultation Portal at: https://consult.dacorum.gov.uk/kse and follow the instructions to the comments page
  2. Or go to: www.dacorum.gov.uk/localplan, download the response form and email to: responses@dacorum.gov.uk
  3. Or just email your response to the email address for option 2

Specific notes from the CCG that you may like to consider and refer to:

  1. Whilst the policy on biodiversity is clear, the emerging plan is not explicit enough in terms of how Dacorum Council will work with developers and other stakeholders to mitigate Green Belt loss, increase biodiversity and meet National and Hertfordshire’s goals for climate change and carbon reduction
  2. The proposed number of houses to be built should be significantly lower than the target to reflect actual demonstrable needfor housing and the high proportion of Green Belt and AONB land in Dacorumwith a primary focus on affordable starter homes
  3. A higher proportion of the houses should be built on brownfield land, or established through conversions, in the existing urban areas of Hemel Hempstead, Tring, Berkhamsted and Kings Langley, and away from areas located in the Green Belt (which should only be used in exceptional circumstances) and the Chilterns AONB and its setting.