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Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) confirms our timetable for preparing the new Local Plan and other documents which are, or will form part of, the ‘development plan’ for the area. The LDS is made available publicly and kept up to date to ensure that local communities and interested parties can keep track of our progress in preparing the Local Plan.

Our latest  Local Development Scheme (PDF 779KB) was approved on 15 February 2022 and sets out our programme for preparing development plan documents up to 2024. It's hoped that the new Local Plan will be adopted in October 2025.

The LDS also gives information on the preparation of a new Joint Strategic Plan (JSP), covering South West Herts (Dacorum, St Albans, Three Rivers, Hertsmere and Watford). The timetable for preparing this document has not yet been determined. However, information will be published here when available.