1. New homes:
As you will know, Dacorum Borough Council is currently in the process of updating the Local Plan for the Borough. As part of this, they will be allocating strategic housing sites and some of those being considered fall within Kings Langley. We are not planning to allocate additional sites for development in the Plan, rather our focus is to ensure that any development that does come forward through the Local Plan is directed to the places that have the lowest impact on our landscape, environment and infrastructure. We want to ensure that our village and community retains its individual identity. That means restricting development that would join us up with neighbouring areas. We have commissioned a report to explore the sort of housing that is needed locally – in terms of size, type, affordability and tenure (private or rental) – to ensure that new housing addresses this need.
2. The Village Centre and the wider economy:
We aim to ensure that village centre remains an attractive and prosperous place, where people want to spend time shopping and socialising.
3. Character, heritage and design:
We want to make sure that new development is in-keeping with the local character and is designed to the highest standards – including ensuring it is environmentally friendly and reduces energy-consumption. We also want to celebrate our heritage.
4. Environment and green space:
We are fortunate to have many green spaces within our parish including the Common, the village garden and small parks. We plan to safeguard these smaller pockets of green space that are particularly valued, for future generations. We also want to mitigate our impact on climate change and include a range of policies to help achieve this, such as promoting sustainable design, encouraging allotments and self-sufficiency.
5. Transport and movement:
We want to make it easier for residents and visitors to walk and cycle to within the village and to the surrounding areas. Our policies will ensure that our rights of way are well-maintained and accessible to all.
6. Community assets and infrastructure:
The community facilities we have provide an important lifeline not only for our community but for those in neighbouring villages and it is vital that they are safeguarded, improved and, where necessary, expanded to meet the changing needs of our residents. We support additional facilities for children and teenagers and the provision of community halls and cultural venues.