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Have your say on the future of St Albans

In the 'Shaping Our Community' & 'City Vision' Consultations

The recent Place Survey indicated that nine out of ten residents are satisfied with St Albans as a place to live. From now until 28 Sep, you are invited to have your say on key matters that affect long term planning. A central issue is how to protect the Green Belt while balancing the need for new housing, schools, shops, jobs, services and leisure opportunities.

Alongside the 'Shaping Our Community' consultation is the 'City Vision' exhibition - a chance to see detailed plans for key city centre sites, options for reducing congestion, and strategies for improving public spaces and the green environment. The exhibition is being held from 15 to 26 Sep in the Maltings Shopping Centre (details). Closing date for feedback is 26 Sep.

Join the debate

1. Read the consultation documents (all are pdfs that open in a new window)

2. Download, print and return the Shaping Our Community Questionnaire (12 pages, 587kb) or online survey for the chance to win a £50 M&S voucher.

Some of the key questions for you to consider

  • New jobs - existing and new areas of employment have been identified for growth to attract new, well paid jobs into the district to encourage economic self containment.
  • New homes - possible new sites for homes that have been agreed and additional ones that may be imposed on us are indicated and density issues are also covered.
  • Shopping provision – two prospective city centre sites are suggested for a new supermarket for St Albans, while new retail growth is earmarked for St Albans city and Harpenden town centre.
  • New recreational opportunities – new leisure centres at Westminster Lodge and London Colney are proposed together with easier access and leisure opportunities in the Green Belt and open spaces.
  • Schools and youth facilities – possible locations for primary and secondary schools so that children can attend their local school. A new site for a youth club has been identified in St Albans, along with the re-provision of Harpenden Youth Centre.
  • Reducing the District's carbon footprint and reducing traffic congestion - more emphasis on buses, cycling and walking combined with a mini park-and-ride scheme are proposed to help ease congestion. A new western orbital road is also in the draft proposals.
  • Green living – to meet the challenge of climate change the core strategy looks at how local communities can become more self sufficient by using eco renewable energy and sustainable building design.

Find out more

For more information, visit the council's website. Copies of the Summary Leaflet, Full Document, Appendices and a variety of supporting documents can be viewed at the following deposit points from Monday 3rd August: St Albans District Council Offices, Harpenden Town Council Offices, Redbourn Library, Harpenden Library, Wheathampstead Library, St Albans Library, Marshalswick Library and London Colney Library. A free CD of all the documents can be collected from the District Council Offices or sent by post. Hard copies of all the documents below are available on request for £50 from the District Council Offices.