As part of wider changes to the planning system introduced by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, provision was made for Local Plans to automatically “expire” after 27th September 2007 unless “saved”, in whole or in part, by the Secretary of State (except those plans less than three years old).
On 14th September 2007, the Secretary of State issued a formal Direction to St Albans City & District Council under Paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 8 to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. This Direction saves specified policies of the District Local Plan Review 1994, ie they are still formally recognised as part of the development plan for St Albans.
The policies listed in the List of Saved Policies are therefore the remaining operational policies within the District Local Plan Review 1994. With effect from 28th September 2007, any policies not on the list have expired and are no longer part of the development plan. The District Local Plan Review 1994 should therefore be read with this in mind.
Copies of the Local Plan, including the Proposals Map and Inset Maps, can be viewed at the Council Offices in St Peter's Street, St Albans, during normal office hours. Alternatively, printed copies of the documents can be obtained from the Council. There is a charge for these publications – please refer to the Planning Publications list.
The Development Plan
The statutory Development Plan for St Albans District is constituted by a number of separate documents. The definition of the Development Plan is set out in Section 38 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (PCPA).
The following documents together constitute the statutory Development Plan as set out in the PCPA:
1. District Local Plan Review 1994
2. The Regional Spatial Strategy (East of England Plan) 2008
3. Saved policies from the Hertfordshire Waste Local Plan 1999
4. The Hertfordshire Minerals Local Plan 2007
5. Saved policies from the Hertfordshire Structure Plan 1991–2011