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Village Design Statement Pilot Team

2nd of February 1999

Although the Dacorum Borough Plan strictly limits the amount of new development within the village, there is nevertheless the possibility of quite a number of new properties and extensions to existing ones being allowed in the core of the village over the coming years. The Parish Council is concerned that whatever new developments are allowed should be sympathetic in their design and materials to the existing buildings. The Countryside Commission has recently introduced the concept of a Village Design Statement as a summary produced by a cross-section of a village community setting out the essential geographical and architectural features of a village and what guidelines should be set out to help ensure that future developments are sympathetic to them. Once these guidelines have been agreed within the village, they can be adopted by the local Planning Authority to supplement the local planning policies.
The first step in the process is to have a small team interested in the village to prepare the ground for a public consultation on the subject. It really needs a good cross-section of people, which willl probably widen out as the project advances. At the initial stages, we envisage that six or seven people, prepared to work together on ways of defining and preserving Chipperfields character, could set the ball rolling.
If you would like to volunteer to help with either of these tasks or would like more information about them, please contact John Pringle on 01442 822704 or David Nobbs on 01923 269480.

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