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Hertfordshire County Council


The Plan-led System

Each local planning authority is required to prepare documents outlining how planning will be managed for that area.

The strategy, policies and development briefs are known as the plan-led system.

In the case of the County Council these planning documents relate to minerals and waste.  

Hertfordshire Development Plan

The Development Plan is made up of:

  • District/Borough Local Plans
  • Neighbourhood Plans
  • Waste Core Strategy and Development Management Policies Document (adopted November 2012)
  • Waste Site Allocations Document (adopted July 2014)
  • Minerals Local Plan (adopted 2007).

National planning policy and guidance relating to these documents is set out in:

Neighbourhood Planning

See our neighbourhood planning page for advice on how residents and businesses can help shape their local area.

Prior approvals

See our  prior approvals page for information about waste management processes following development change of use.

The Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Planning Partnership (HIPP)

HIPP provides a forum for joint working on infrastructure and planning issues.

Consultation portal

Register on our consultation portal to make comments and to see other people's views.

South West Joint Strategic Plan

Visit the South West Hertfordshire Joint Strategic Plan to read about our plans and share your feedback.

We are working on a joint strategic plan for South West Hertfordshire with:

  • Dacorum Borough Council
  • St Albans City and District Council
  • Three Rivers District Council
  • Watford Borough Council
  • Hertsmere Borough Council

These five councils make up a single housing market area.

The plan aims to ensure that infrastructure is properly co-ordinated and delivered alongside the need for new homes and jobs. By working together, we are confident we will be in a stronger position to deliver and fund essential facilities that local people want to see, such as transport, schools, health and utilities like water and sewerage.

Each district council will still be responsible for preparing their own local plan, but a joint strategic plan will be a critical stage in local planning work across South West Hertfordshire, setting the strategic framework and shared priorities within which individual local plans can be prepared.

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