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Approved scheme will provide 11,000 new homes in Dacorum
Last week councillors agreed on a strategy that aims to provide more than 11,000 new homes in Dacorum by 2031.
Borough councillors formally adopted the planning framework that will set the shape of development in Dacorum at a meeting last Wednesday.
At the full council meeting, Dacorum’s councillors voted 36 to four in favour of adopting the Core Strategy, which has been supported by the independent Planning Inspector.
The Core Strategy is the main planning document that will control the shape of development and growth in Dacorum over the coming years. It aims to balance the need for new homes, jobs and other facilities against the need to protect the quality of our environment.
Amongst other things, the Core Strategy includes a target of providing more than 11,000 new homes between 2006 and 2031. While a large part of this housing is being directed to built-up areas, around 1,550 homes will be provided on Green Belt sites.
Andrew Williams, Leader of the Council said: "This Strategy has been seven years in the making, and I am delighted that we have now adopted a Core Strategy that plans for the needs of our growing population into the future.
"We have had to make difficult decisions over how we accommodate future growth, particularly regarding the level of new homes, and have reluctantly released some allocated Green Belt land to support this.
"Having this up-to-date plan in place will allow us, together with our communities, to control and influence the responsible development of the borough. It will provide a strong basis on which we can defend against speculative planning applications on remaining Green Belt sites, and plans for a Dacorum that we can all be proud of."
For more information, go to http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/planning-development/planning-strategic-planning/local-planning-framework/core-strategy
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