A Local Plan identifying land for future development in St Albans District is to be submitted to the Government for examination.
The draft was drawn up by St Albans City and District Council after extensive consultation with residents, community groups, businesses and neighbouring local authorities.
A meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on Thursday 21 March agreed to send it to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire. He will now appoint an examiner who is likely to hold a public hearing later this year to decide if the Local Plan can be considered 'sound' by meeting all legal requirements.
If the Local Plan passes this stage, it will need to be adopted by the Council before it comes into force. The draft pinpoints areas suitable for new housing, commercial building and infrastructure from 2020 to 2036.
It conforms to a Government standard that 913 new homes a year – 14,608 in total – should be built during that period. Eleven sites in the Green Belt to provide some of the new homes and employment centres have been put forward.
As part of the Local Plan process, the Council has also set out an Infrastructure Delivery Plan. This is an assessment of the major facilities that will be required to support new developments. These include roads, walking and cycling paths, public transport, schools, health clinics and open spaces for recreation.
The Infrastructure Delivery Plan is a ‘live’ document that will change over time as more information emerges about the potential developments. It was also part of two public consultations last year alongside the Local Plan. It contains provision for 14 new primary schools and three new secondary ones.