The Council is very supportive of neighbourhood planning as a process. The Spatial Planning team has met a number of parish and town councils to discuss local priorities and the process of neighbourhood planning in their areas. The Spatial Planning team continues to offer meetings with parish councils and other neighbourhood groups when requested.
Neighbourhood plans must be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the adopted development plan for the local area.
Made Neighbourhood Plans
Following a ‘YES’ vote at referendum on 7 February 2019, the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan was made at Full Council on 20 February 2019. The Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the Development Plan for St Albans City and District Council.
Designated Neighbourhood Plan Areas
Below is a list of Neighbourhood Plan Areas that the Council has designated. The maps of these areas can be found in our Library of Documents
Redbourn Neighbourhood Plan Area. On 21 November 2013, St Albans City & District Counci's Cabinet approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for Redbourn.
Colney Heath Neighbourhood Plan Area. On 27 February 2014, St Albans City & District Council's Cabinet approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for Colney Heath.
Sandridge Neighbourhood Plan Area. On 24 April 2014, St Albans City & District Council's Cabinet approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for Sandridge.
St Stephen Neighbourhood Plan Area. On 23 April 2014, St Albans City & Ditrict Council's Cabinet approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for St Stephen.
Wheathampstead Neighbourhood Plan Area. On 21 July 2015, St Albans City & District Council’s Cabinet approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for Wheathampstead.
Harpenden Town and Harpenden Rural Parish Councils. On the 17th March 2016, St Albans City & District Council’s Cabinet approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for Harpenden Town and Harpenden Rural Parish.
London Colney Neighbourhood Plan Area. On 25 April 2019, St Albans City & District Counci'ls Cabinet approves the designation of the Neighbourhood Plan Area for London Colney.
For assistance the Council will keep this website up to date with links to the most relevant websites for advice on neighbourhood planning.
On 14 March 2013 Government announced a £9.5million, 2-year fund to support neighbourhood planning across the country. The support service and grants provided by Locality launched on 1 May 2013. See The Locality ‘My Community Rights’ Neighbourhood Planning website. Details of the grants and support that are currently available to neighbourhood planning groups can be found here.
Planning Aid England is also able to provide neighbourhood planning support
The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) website contains lots of useful information on neighbourhood planning including a frequently asked questions page.
The Council was successful in its bid for funding through DCLG's Neighbourhood Planning & Local Planning Service Redesign & Capacity Building Pilot Programme for Local Authorities. Using this funding a site allocations guidance document and toolkit has been produced to assist Qualifying Bodies in identifying and allocating development and other sites within their emerging Neighbourhood Plans. The document is available below.
The Council is also a member of the Look! St Albans 'Our Community Voice on Design' Representatives Group.
Look! St Albans is a community-led organisation working with the Council and other interested parties, including developers and architects, to achieve a broadly-supported consensus in designing some key city centre buildings and surrounding open spaces, at the outline and full planning application stage.
Look! St Albans was initially supported by the Prince's Foundation for Building Community through grant funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government 'Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning' programme.