Spatial Planning & Design (Planning Policy)

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The Spatial Planning & Design Team is responsible for all aspects of planning policy in St Albans City and District. It aims to regulate the development and use of land in the public interest, promote quality of life, meet local needs and reconcile the demand for development with the protection of the environment. The aim is to ensure that all new development is of high quality, having considered all appropriate elements of urban design.

Current adopted Local Plan

The local planning policies for St Albans District are the saved policies set out in the District Local Plan Review 1994, which is the current adopted Local Plan.

Local Development Scheme (LDS)

The LDS is essentially a timetable of draft key dates for the Strategic Local Plan (SLP) and the Detailed Local Plan (DLP). It comprises the Council's three-year work programme. The latest summary table from the LDS, as prepared for the Planning Policy Committee on 15 September 2015 is available below. 

The LDS is currently subject to review, contingent on progress with SLP (see details of Examination below)

Summary table of key dates

Main Evidence









Dec 2014

Oct/Nov 2014

Jan 2016

June 2016

November 2016

May 2017


March 2016

Sept/Oct 2016

Jan 2017

August 2017

November 2017

March 2018

To be notified of SLP and DLP consultation events as and when they take place, please register your details on the St Albans spatial planning consultation database

Much of the work of the Spatial Planning Team is endorsed by elected Members through committees. The Planning Policy Committee decides the delivery of the work program and is moving positively forward with the LDS.

See also: Cabinet Meetings and Full Council

Strategic Local Plan

A pre-submission publication draft of the strategic local plan was published for regulation 19 stage from 8 January to 19 February 2016.

The response to the publication draft plan is available for viewing on our consultation portal. At the publication stage, responses on the plan had to be made with regard to the soundness and legal compliance of the polices and proposals. Following the publication and analysis of the representations received, the plan was signed off by Cabinet on 21 July 2016 for submission to the Secretary of State.

The submission version of the Strategic Local Plan includes:

  • publication Draft of the St Albans Strategic Local Plan (2011-31) dated 2016
  • schedule of proposed minor modifications to the Strategic Local Plan (2011-31)
  • Strategic Local Plan sustainability appraisal report (Dec 2015) and addendum (July 2016)
  • All of these documents as well as all of the background documentation to the Local Plan can be accessed here.

An independent inspector has been appointed to conduct a public examination into the Strategic Local Plan. Details of the public examination are available here.

Consultation Draft Detailed Local Plan

A consultation draft of the Detailed Local Plan was published for Regulation 18 from 9 November to 21 December 2016.

Responses to the consultation draft plan will be available for viewing on our online consultation portal, which can be accessed at

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

An informal six week consultation, ending April 2014, on the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule, can be viewed, along with comments received. The Council is investigating introduction of CIL alongside progress on the Strategic Local Plan.

Local Plan Evidence Base

The Local Plan Evidence Base library contains a large number of Technical Reports, Studies and Reviews that have been undertaken by, commissioned by or involved the District Council to inform the plan-making process.

Brownfield Land Register (BLR) and Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

The Council is required to prepare a BLR and review it annually. Details are here. You can comment on the draft BLR here.

The SHLAA provides information for the BLR. Review of the BLR is linked to a regular, annual, SHLAA call for sites. Details of the SHLAA are here.

If you have a new site you wish to promote as available for housing development, please make a submission using our standard form (additional information can be attached) the form is available here.

We will add new submitted sites to our SHLAA (and BLR if relevant) database.

Neighbourhood Planning

The Council is very supportive of Neighbourhood Planning as a process.

The Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Planning Partnership (HIPP)

The minutes from the latest HIPP Meeting can be found below.

Other Spatial Planning & Design Team responsibilities

The Spatial Planning & Design Team provides internal advice and evidence to support development management decisions and advise the Council about the implications of national, regional, sub-regional, County and local planning issues. It is also responsible for producing the Authorities Monitoring Report, Housing Monitoring Report, Shopping Monitoring Report and other aspects of the Local Plan Evidence Base; technical studies and preparing site-specific planning briefs.

The team is also responsible for Conservation and Listed Buildings, which are of great importance in the District.

Contact details

Please refer to our Planning Contacts Page.

Date of last review: 27 July 2017