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

The Local Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in March 2019. For more information about the Local Plan Examination, please click here.

The Local Plan was published between 4 September and 17 October 2018. The representations submitted can be viewed here.

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 Neighbourhood Plans have been made:

  • Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan - Following a ‘YES’ vote at referendum on 7 February 2019, 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. The Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed here.


Hemel Garden Communities - we're working with Dacorum Borough Council and other partners to deliver a mixed-use residential and commercial development for Hemel Hempstead, known as Hemel Garden Communities.  For details, click on link.

Date of last review: 02 April 2019