St Mary's Church, Hemel Hempstead © Matt Brown / Flickr

Dacorum Borough Council is planning a significant development across the borough – not least to provide much needed housing. Much of this growth will be in and around existing towns – including Hemel Hempstead which has been awarded Garden Town status. This opens up an opportunity to transform the town by creating 11,000 new homes and 10,000 jobs.

The Council is committed to delivering high quality development. Setting up an independent Community Review Panel will help it to better understand the needs of the local community – whether residents, workers, students or visitors – and ensure that those needs are fully met, now and into the future.

The panel – made up of around 16 people of all backgrounds and ages – will contribute to discussions around issues such as housing, transport, public and green spaces and also the environment. Meeting once a month, its views and recommendations, captured in a formal report, will be seriously considered as part of the planning process and taken into account in the Council’s decisions.

Berkhamsted Town Hall Clock © Paul Downey / Flickr

River Grade, Hemel Hempstead © Peter o'Connor / Flickr

Tring Memorial Garden © Dacorum Borough Council