A consultation will be held in the Autumn on the Local Plan for St Albans.

St Albans City and District Council’s planning policy and climate committee was updated about the progress of the plan on June 25. It is being amended after a major consultation last year.

The amended draft, which may include some new sites and exclude some previously favoured sites, will be published in October and then undergo a two-month consultation with residents, businesses, community groups and other organisations.

The draft will allow for the building of 15,000 new homes until 2041, a figure that meets the current Government requirement although there remains uncertainty over what the new Government will require.

Cllr Paul De Kort, council leader and committee chair, said there have been suggestions the figure could change but expert advice is to continue under current rules.

He went on: “It is far better if locally-elected representatives decide on the details of our Local Plan rather than Whitehall which will not have a feel for the area. It is also vital that we establish an effective defence against piecemeal development proposals which do not meet the needs of our local communities.

“The Local Plan is an evolving document and should the housing requirement change, we can make appropriate revisions.”

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