Make way for new homes! Council wants your views on key housing developments

View across the existing boundary of Grovehill West with Margaret Lloyd Park near to the proposed LA1 housing development
View across the existing boundary of Grovehill West with Margaret Lloyd Park near to the proposed LA1 housing development

People are being asked for their views on key housing developments around Dacorum which could see more than 1,600 new homes being built in the borough.

Dacorum Borough Council’s site allocations document was opened up to public consultation yesterday, with opinions being sought until Wednesday, November 5.

The proposals build on key elements of the borough’s Core Strategy – the planning blueprint for Dacorum up to 2031 – which was adopted last September.

Among the plans are six Green Belt plots identified as likely sites for new houses – including up to 35o homes in Grovehill’s MarchmontFields, around 900 homes in West Hemel Hempstead and 80 near the Old Town.

Additionally, 200 could be built west of Tring at Icknield Way and 40 new homes may appear near Shootersway inBerkhamsted, while Chesham Road and Molyneaux Avenue in Bovingdon are also earmarked for a further 60.

For more about the proposed LA5 development at Tring, click here.

One community initiative taking an active role in the development is the Grovehill Future Project, which has sent out its own consultation document on issues and options for the neighbourhood.

The survey includes references to the Marchmont Fields development proposals as set out by the council. A spokesman for the Grovehill group said: “We believe that housing should be of good quality design and use the best of materials possible, as well as make use of modern technologies and design prinicples for energy efficiency. Developments should integrate well with their surroundings and strengthen the character of footpaths, cycleway and shared amenities.”

Another vocal party is the West Hemel Action Group, opposed to the so-called LA3 development on land near Chaulden. After its annual meeting earlier this month, chairman Lee Royal said: “It is pretty clear that there is still a high level of local resident interest in LA3 and frankly a lot of that interest is negative.

“Of course our message to residents, is very much ensure that you make your views clear through the public consultation process.”

Council leader Andrew Williams said: “We have had to make difficult decisions over how we accommodate the needs of our growing population, particularly regarding the level of new homes, and have reluctantly released some allocated Green Belt land to support this.

“We need your views on our plans to make sure that our communities can continue to influence the responsible development of the borough and plan for a Dacorum that we can all be proud of.”

A full explanation of the plans is available at www.dacorum.gov.uk/siteallocations, from the borough council’s offices and – for reference only – from libraries.

You can have your say at www.consult.dacorum.gov.uk or ring the strategic planning team on 01442 228072 or email strategic.planning@dacorum.gov.uk for more information.

The proposals will also be on show in the Hemel Hempstead Civic Centre and Bovingdon FC on Monday, October 13, Tring’s Temperance Hall the next day,

Berkhamsted’s Civic Centre on the Wednesday and Warners End Community Centre on Friday, October 17.