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Dacorum Borough Council - Call for Sites 2015 (Deadline 30th March)

Dacorum Borough Council is now preparing a new planning framework (Local Plan) for the borough for the next 20 years. As part of this process they need to plan for different types of development. An important initial stage in supporting this process is a 'Call for Sites' exercise.

If you have a potential site(s) we are happy to help prepare submissions on your behalf in order to positively reflect the opportunities and prospects for your land.  Sites can be for any kind of use, including housing, traveller pitches, employment and retail development and leisure and community facilities, etc. Such sites will help the Council to understand the location, capacity and availability of land for development so that we can begin to make decisions on future allocations in the new Local Plan.

Sites can be on greenfield or previously developed (brownfield) land. For a housing site to be considered for allocation it must be capable of accommodating 5 or more homes. All other sites should be a minimum of 0.25 ha and able to support 500 sqm or more of floorspace.

The Call for Sites will not in itself determine whether a site should be identified for development.

In preparing the new Local Plan, sites will be tested through further technical work and will be subject to future consultation. The housing sites will be initially considered through the full update of our housing capacity study (termed the “Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment” (SHLAA)). Employment and retailing sites will be assessed separately under related technical work.

The plan (and associated sites) will also have to go through an Independent Examination (inquiry) before it is approved by a Planning Inspector and adopted by the Council.

If you have previously submitted sites to Dacorum in the past it is strongly recommended that you should resubmit in order to strengthen prospects for allocation.

Information on this process and the submission form can be found using the following link:

http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/planning-development/planning-strategic-planning/new-single-local-plan

Should you wish us to help you present your land please contact Jon Goodall at
jon@opimtis-consulting.co.uk Tel: 01234 330624 Mob: 07711 555591.

Completed forms must be submitted by 30 March 2015 but in order for us to devote sufficient time to prepare your submission please contact us by Monday, 16th March 2015.

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