Watford Local Plan

New Watford Local Plan

The new Watford Local Plan will guide new development to 2036. Preparation of the Plan will be undertaken in several stages where the public can comment and help shape Watford's future. The document will contain planning policies to inform planning decisions and help determine planning applications.

There are some key issues that will need to be considered as part of the new Local Plan such as housing, employment, infrastructure and transport.

The new Local Plan will take about three years to complete. It will be prepared in several stages providing the community to comment on draft documents and the issues discussed.


We are now consulting on the First Draft Watford Local Plan 2020-2036. You can have your say on the First Draft Local Plan, Policies Map and Sustainability Appraisal here

Please note that you will need to register as a user to leave your comments; further guidance can be found here.

To find out more about the Watford Local Plan, please go to watfordlocalplan.co.uk. You can also watch the video below!



Issues and Options for the New Watford Local Plan Consultation

The Issues and Options Consultation was the first step towards preparing a new Local Plan.

The consultation concluded on 19 October 2018. Thank you to all those who have responded. The comments as submitted are available to be viewed.

The council's response to these comments is available here.




Issues and Options Sets out key issues and possible approaches to growth for public consultation. September - October 2018
First Draft Local Plan Includes draft planning policies and potential sites for development for public consultation. September - October 2019
Final Draft Local Plan Includes proposed planning policies and sites for potential development for public consultation. May 2020
Submission The Final Draft is submitted for examination by an independent Planning Inspector. September 2020
Examination The new Local Plan is examined by the Planning Inspector. October 2020 - February 2021
Inspector's Report and Adoption Once adopted, the new Local Plan can then be used to determine planning applications. May 2021
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