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Additional Planning Guidance and Advice Notes

We've produced a number of supplementary planning guidance documents and advice notes. These guidance documents elaborate on the policies in the adopted Local Plan, either by providing more detail on general matters or for specific land areas. These documents are referred to either as "supplementary planning guidance" (SPG) or "supplementary planning document" (SPD).

Supplementary planning documents are essentially the same as supplementary planning guidance but have been prepared according to the detailed provisions of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and associated Regulations and Advice. Where there is a conflict between their content and that of the adopted Core Strategy, the Core Strategy will take precedence. The guidance documents are listed below:

Parking Standards SPD

Our revised Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document (the SPD) sets out our parking guidelines for new developments.

The SPD is a material consideration in the determination of planning applications and should be read alongside our other planning guidance documents and planning policies.

The SPD replaces the parking standards used by us as set out in Appendix 5 of the Dacorum Borough Local Plan (adopted 2004). 

The SPD was adopted on 18 November 2020, with effect from that date.

Dacorum Strategic Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document

We’ve prepared a Strategic Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) in order to improve the quality of the design of new homes, estates and employment-use buildings in the borough. The guide sets out a design process and principles for developers to follow when preparing their plans for new development, and has a separate section on employment-use buildings, such as offices and industrial units. The approach aims to create distinctive, attractive and successful places to live and work that are adaptable for the future.

The three parts of the Dacorum Strategic Design Guide SPD are:

The Dacorum Strategic Design Guide SPD was adopted on 24 February 2021.

The documents are available for inspection on request at The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1DN. To request to view the documents at The Forum, please email the Strategic Planning team at strategic.planning@dacorum.gov.uk or call 01442 228660.

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