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NEW PLANS: Residents to have their say on the future of South West Hertfordshire

 Published on: 19th July 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents are being urged to register their opinions on a major new plan for the wider South West Hertfordshire area.

At full meetings on Tuesday, July 12 both Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) and Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) announced their approval of the “South West Hertfordshire 2050 – Realising Our Potential” plan and document to go to the public consultation stage.

Approve had already been given by councils in Hertsmere, St Albans and Watford.

This new plans sets out the way forward for all five of these councils looking ahead to the year 2050. If the current draft is approved by the councils, a public consultation will shortly be held.

Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst, TRDC’s lead member for infrastructure and planning policy, said: “This is an invitation for your views to help shape a plan which will serve as a blueprint for the area until 2050.

“If all councils involved agree, residents will then get a chance to say what they think about our part of Hertfordshire and the key issues they feel that the new Joint Strategic Plan should address. I would urge you to visit the South West Herts website and register your interest to respond.”

Cllr Alan Anderson, portfolio holder for planning and infrastructure at DBC, said: “To help shape the future of the South West Hertfordshire area, it is really important that we hear about the issues that are important to Dacorum residents. The feedback we receive will help us maximise the opportunity to obtain the infrastructure crucial to future development, without surrendering our ability to control the future development of the Dacorum part of the area.”

St Albans council leader, Cllr Chris White, said: “Since the first highly successful online poll held just over two years ago, we’ve been working with key stakeholders and a group of 18 to 25 year olds, to set out our vision for the future of the area.

This plan would not replace Local Plans for each of these councils, but by considering the future for the wider areas as a whole, the opportunities are larger, such as more Government funding for infrastructure improvements.

To register your interest online, visit their website.

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