Council backs homes plan

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A PLAN to build 1,180 homes in Berkhamsted by 2031 has been broadly backed by the town council.

The proposals were made by Dacorum Borough Council in its draft core strategy and put to public consultation last year.

Berkhamsted Town Council had opposed two options of either building 1,130 or 1,200 homes in the town between 2006 and 2031, suggesting 750 would be more appropriate.

The borough council decided 1,180 should be built in the period, but the public are still allowed to suggest minor changes until 5.15pm on Wednesday, December 7, at www.dacorum.gov.uk/planning

At a town council meeting on Monday, its planning chief Laurence Handy said the council would generally back the plans.

He said: “Essentially, we are welcoming the major thrust of the draft core strategy and that Hemel Hempstead should be the focus of strategic housing for the borough.

“Strategic housing should be dispersed elsewhere among market towns and villages to protect the character of the town. This dispersal should follow a consistent set of rules across the borough.

“If it were followed consistently, the figure of new homes would be slightly lower for Berkhamsted.

“Any release of Green Belt land would have a fairly disastrous and significantly irreversible impact on the environment of our towns and villages.”

Councillor Garrick Stevens said he would like to see more affordable homes in the plans.

See Letters, pages 12 & 13