We're calling for residents and organisations to have their say on the final set of changes to the Site Allocations planning document, before it comes into force in 2017.
The Site Allocations document sits alongside the Core Strategy to form the overall planning blueprint for the borough. The Site Allocations’ principal role is to deliver the objectives of the Core Strategy, by establishing detailed proposals and requirements for particular sites and areas. The planning documents will shape the borough over the coming decades and play an important part in the decision on planning applications.
Following a series of public hearings, a Government Planning Inspector has asked us to make a series of changes (known as Main Modifications) to the Site Allocations document to ensure that she is able to recommend it to be formally adopted. These modifications will affect a number of the allocated development sites – particularly the Local Allocations at Hemel Hempstead and Tring - in terms of their timings, capacities and planning requirements.
We are now inviting comments on these Main Modifications. We want to know whether you think the content of these modifications, and the way in which they have prepared them, is acceptable. There is no need to repeat previous comments you may have made on the Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) as the Inspector has already considered these.
To make comments and view documents, please visit our planning consultation portal. For more information, see our Site Allocations page.
Paper copies of the consultation documents are available at our offices in Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead and Tring and local libraries during normal opening hours.
This consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 5 February 2017.
Graham Sutton, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, said: “Securing an adopted Site Allocations DPD remains a top priority for us, and we're pleased the Inspector has generally backed our approach. The Site Allocations DPD will give us more say over future development within the borough by providing a robust set of policies and proposals to support housing and economic growth, whilst at the same time safeguarding and enhancing our environment. This will help us to make sure that enough homes and other development can be brought forward, in the right places and at the right time.”
Once the consultation is complete, the comments received will be passed on to the Planning Inspector for her consideration, before she produces a final report on the plan. If the Inspector finds the Site Allocations DPD ‘sound’, we will seek to adopt the plan in spring / early summer 2017.
For more information about the consultation, please call the Strategic Planning team on 01442 228660.