A Local Plan identifying land for future development in St Albans district was submitted to the government for examination last month.
The draft which was drawn up by St Albans City and District Council conforms to the governments standard that 913 new homes a year from 2020 to 2038, should be built – a staggering 14,608 in total over the 18 year period.
The council drew the draft up after extensive consultation with residents, community groups, businesses and neighbouring local authorities.
The Secretary of State for housing, communities and local government, James Brokenshire will now appoint an examiner who will likely hold a public hearing later this year to decide with the plan meets all the legal requirements.
Eleven sites in the greenbelt have been suggested which will provide some of the new homes and employment centres in the area.
As part of the Local Plan process, the council has also set out an Infrastructure Delivery Plan – an assessment of the major facilities that will be required to support new developments.
These include roads, walking and cycling paths, public transport, schools, health clinics and open spaces for recreation.
Councillor Alec Campbell, the Council’s Leader, said: “I’m delighted that we have reached this milestone, overcoming the many obstacles in our way. I very much valued the cross-party co-operation and support in completing the plan.”
Councillor Mary Maynard has said the Local Plan shape the future of the district.
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