Berkhamsted Conservation area streetscape strategy could mean new rulebook for town centre development


A new ‘streetscape’ strategy laying out how things should look in the Berkhamsted Conservation Area could be drawn up under plans by the town’s leaders.

It could incorporate guidance on the appearance of new illuminated signs, plant features, paving stones, traffic lights and more.

Planning chairman Laurence Handy told a meeting of Berkhamsted Town Council that the streetscape strategy is already a feature of conservation areas in many other places.

Berkhamsted Citizens Association committee member Susan Johnson said: “This is something that we very much support and have been working on for some 20 odd years.

“I am familiar with the streetscape strategy for Tring going back 40 years.”

Councillor Fiona Macdonald said as it stands a Berkhamsted Conservation Area plan could be approved before anyone realises how major it is for people living in the town.

She said: “The integrity of our High Street is paramount.”

Berkhamsted Town Council will ask Dacorum Borough Council to fund a consultant to work on the streetscape strategy.