Spatial Planning & Design (Planning Policy)

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Current adopted local plan

The local planning policies for St Albans District are the saved policies set out in the District Local Plan Review 1994, which is the current adopted Local Plan.

New Local Plan

Work has started on a new Local Plan and a public consultation ran between 9 January and 21 February 2018.  This is now closed.

Council on 11 July 2018 approved a new draft Local Plan for Publication consultation from 4 September – 17 October 2018, in line with the published timetable.

To keep updated on progress and Local Plan consultations, please register your details.

Unless you are an agent, landowner/developer or statutory consultee, if you registered on our database prior to 17 July 2018 you will need to let us know that you still wish to remain on our database. Please read this.

The Planning Policy Committee looks at the new Local Plan and the work programme (Local Development Scheme). 

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

An informal six week consultation, ending April 2014, on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule. The Council is currently intending to introduce CIL following the new Local Plan.

Other key areas of work

Brownfield Land Register  - The Brownfield Land Register is updated annually. More details can be found here.


Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment - If you have a new site you wish to promote as available for housing or other development, please tell us using our standard form (additional information can be attached) here.  You can also see the SHLAA here.


South West Herts Joint Strategic Plan - Along with Dacorum, Hertsmere Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council and Watford Borough Council, we have begun work on a Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) for the South West Hertfordshire area.


Authority's Monitoring Report – is produced each year and contains facts about the district.


Neighbourhood Planning – we support neighbourhood planning. The following are consulting/have consulted on their Pre-Submission Neighbourhood Plans:

  • The draft Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation on 25 October 2017 for six weeks.

Latest Planning Policy News

The Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Planning Partnership (HIPP):

Department of Communities and Local Government: Planning Update Newsletter July 2017

Government Housing Consultation indicates 913 new homes each year.


Date of last review: 18 July 2018