Hertfordshire council plans to resist development on green space through new strategy

Dacorum Borough Council in Hertfordshire is consulting on a green space strategy for the area.

Initial consultation has shown that the major priority for Dacorum residents is to protect green space from development.

This priority will form part of the framework for the council's new green space strategy 2010-2015, which is out for consultation until 1 June.

Policies laid out in the strategy are:

  • To protect green space from development
  • To protect and enhance the natural environment, heritage and habitats
  • To create attractive, sustainable, accessible and well managed green spaces
  • To manage green spaces with community involvement to ensure they are fit for purpose
  • To make people feel safe
  • To use development opportunities to improve the quality and provision of open space

Portfolio holder for environment and sustainability Bert Chapman said: "The quality of some of Dacorum's green spaces has deteriorated over time through the ageing of facilities and infrastructure, and new investment is required. This strategy gives us the impetus and tools to improve their quality and to help deliver what local communities want from their neighbourhoods.

"We will improve facilities, and encourage residents to become more involved in managing their local green spaces.

"We aim to balance the needs of the community with the demands on our service, working wherever possible to combat climate change and alleviate the pressures of the modern age."


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