South West Herts Joint Strategic Plan

Neighbouring authorities are increasingly being encouraged to work together to provide the homes, jobs and infrastructure where people want to live.

Along with Dacorum Borough Council, Hertsmere Borough Council, Watford Borough Council, St Albans City & District Council and Hertfordshire County Council, we have begun work on a Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) for the South West Hertfordshire Area (see map below).

A key aim will be to ensure that infrastructure – such as transport, schools, health and utilities (for example, water and sewerage) – are properly co-ordinated and delivered alongside the need for new homes and jobs. All five councils also make up a single housing market area, which means they have previously worked together to identify existing and future housing need.

By working together, the Councils are confident they will be in a stronger position to deliver, and better fund, essential local transport links, health services and educational facilities that local people want to see.

Each council will still be responsible for preparing their own Local Plan, but a JSP will be the first critical stage in local planning across South West Hertfordshire, setting the strategic framework and shared priorities within which individual local plans can be prepared.

Initial Engagement: 

We, along with the five other councils that make up South West Hertfordshire, launched the SW Herts, Your Future poll so that we could hear what you like about your area now, and what you think we should be thinking about as we look to shape the future. This engagement, which ran between February and May 2020, was hosted and managed by specialist online consultants. The following report summarises the feedback we received. It has been shared with everyone working on the Joint Strategic Plan and will inform our work going forwards.

South West Hertfordshire Initial Engagement Results (pdf)

Joint Strategic Plan Area Map


All five Councils have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to take the work forward. The MOU was agreed by us on 19 March 2018.

The Councils will work towards agreeing this strategic framework through preparation of a Statement of Common Ground, which is expected to be published later this year.

The following governance arrangements have also been agreed:

South West Herts Joint Strategic Plan Governance Arrangements (pdf)

Agendas and minutes from the meetings of the Strategic Planning Members Group are as follows:

5 November 2019 Meeting Agenda (pdf)

5 November 2019 Minutes of Meeting (pdf)

17 December 2019 Meeting Agenda (pdf)

17 December 2019 Minutes of Meeting (pdf)

28 January 2020 Meeting Agenda (pdf)

28 January 2020 Minutes of Meeting (pdf)

SW Herts JSP Councillor Briefing Slides from the Councillor Presentation 11 March 2020 (pdf)

10 July 2020 Meeting Agenda (pdf)

10 July 2020 Minutes of Meeting (pdf)

SW Herts Report Initial Engagement Results 17 July 2020 (pdf)

31 March 2021 Meeting Agenda (pdf)

31 March 2021 Minutes of Meeting (pdf)

29 June 2021 Meeting Agenda (pdf)

29 June 2021 Minutes of Meeting (pdf)

Draft SW Herts JSP Engagement Strategy Refresh (pdf)

Vision Engagement Strategy (pdf)

Risk Register (pdf)

Strategic Timeline (pdf)