The Kings Langley Neighbourhood Plan document is nearing completion and the team would like to bring everyone up to date before it goes out to a referendum.
The plan is essentially a set of policies, relating to a vision, which define how the community want Kings Langley to develop over the next 18 years.
The approval process involves endorsement by the Kings Langley Parish Council, Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) and village residents (through a referendum).
Once adopted, all subsequent proposals for development are assessed against this plan, and are expected to comply with it.
However it is not a legally binding document, and DBC can still approve a development application which does not comply in one or more respects.
It is hoped that such ‘breaches’ will be rare. Government inspectors give weight to the contents of the Plan when assessing an appeal concerning an application.
From comments received so far, there are two areas of concern, one of which is the length and complexity of the plan document.
Unfortunately the Neighbourhood Plan isn’t written just for residents. It is be written for Dacorum Borough Council Officers, the External Planning Inspectorate, and developers, as well as residents.
The language and structure required for each differs. However there will be an Executive Summary written for residents.
Secondly, many residents of the part of Kings Langley across the canal in Abbots Langley identify with Kings Langley as their centre and, understandably, feel that the area where they live should be included in the Kings Langley plan.
As we cannot change the parish boundaries, those who live in Abbots Langley but identify with Kings Langley really need to engage with The Abbots Langley plan as it affects their area.
Go to klnp.co.uk to see the document.