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    Article: Nov 27, 2020
    922 homes per year, over 18 years = over 16,000 homes, in Dacorum.
    Why so many new houses?
    This Local Plan has been drafted to provide for the 922 dwellings per year that national Government have said we need to enable within our boundary. This is rather more than the expected growth in this area (355 per year) because houses are not affordable here.
    Of course, "expected growth" isn't the whole story, because there are thousands of local people - many living in overcrowded conditions - who need properly affordable housing close to good public transport, or walkable to town or workplaces.
    The government algorithm uses an average home price in our area, and compares it with the average earnings in Dacorum. House prices and rents in Dacorum are certainly not *properly* affordable, but the current algorithm forces the vast majority of house building into London and its commuter areas - and that includes Dacorum.
  • Article: Nov 26, 2020
    Consultation consultation consultation!
    If you've been checking Facebook regularly, or have been following Dacorum Borough Council happenings you may be aware that last week Dacorum Borough Council voted by 29 to 18 (with some abstentions) to put the 'Emerging Local Plan' out for consultation immediately. The consultation officially begins on Friday 27 November at 5pm but the draft version is available here for review now.
  • Building site at Paradise in Hemel.
    Article: Nov 26, 2020

    NON-POLITICAL PUBLIC SERVICE ARTICLE

    Last week (18th November), Dacorum Councillors voted to do an important "Regulation 18" consultation with local residents, on (drum roll)...

    "The Local Plan"

    The consultation is now live; it started at 5pm on 27th November 2020, and runs until 11.59pm 7th February 2021

  • Article: Nov 25, 2020

    Funding for school children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will need to be cut if
    the Government fails to address a multi-million-pound gap in funding for the most vulnerable, warns
    Daisy Cooper, the MP for St Albans.


    In her own county, according to figures supplied by Hertfordshire Schools Forum, the deficit is forecast to rise to
    £11 million in 2022-3 and to £19.8 million in 2023-4 for children with 'High Needs'.