Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, UK
The site is located on the north eastern edge of Kings Langley and is approximately 42 acres in size. The site is generally level and is currently used for pastoral use. Kings Langley is a small town, close to the important settlement of Hemel Hempstead in western Hertfordshire, critical commuter belt for London.
Our Planning Department Comments
- Kings Langley falls under the Dacorum Borough Council who are currently preparing a new Local Plan designed to cover the plan period until 2036. The new plan has recently commenced with the Issues and Options Consultation which has identified that, taking into account central Government's draft housing need methodology, Dacorum will need to provide 25,300 houses. Of this, Kings Langley has been identified as needing to contribute 1000 homes.
- The Local Authority have acknowledged that there will be a need for Green Belt release in order to meet the majority of the identified housing within the Borough and a Green Belt review has commenced to this end. The review, being held across two stages, informed the draft Site Appraisal Schedule that formed part of the Issues and Options draft of the Local Plan. Stage 1 identified our site as being suitable for release from the Green Belt for development and was recommended for further assessment in Stage 2. Alongside this, the landscape was assessed as having a high capacity to accommodate development. The final draft Schedule of Site Appraisals does not include our site as it was not formerly promoted at the time, however, the site directly to the south, known as Hill Farm, was assessed positively as being able to deliver 300 homes towards the 1000 home target. This sets an excellent precedent for our site as both sites are adjacent and are similar in nature.
- Given the above, we believe our site provides an excellent opportunity for promotion within the current draft Local Plan for successful allocation in 4 – 6 years.
Latest Planning Update
The representations made to the Dacorum Local Plan made in February 2021 remain under review although additional representations have been made to the authority during the course of 2021 in response to their undertaking further technical work to support the progression of the plan.
The next consultation is expected to be a further Regulation 18 consultation currently timetabled for June 2023.
Alongside this, we continue to work with Kings Langley in the creation of their Neighbourhood Plan as well as with South West Hertfordshire through their newly commenced joint spatial plan although this remains very much in its early stages.