Watford Borough Council cabinet give go ahead to South West Herts joint strategic plan

Five local authorities will work together on a joint strategic plan that aims to tackle the major challenges they face in delivering the government’s housing targets

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2019

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor and Leaders and Chief Executives of five local authorities will work together on a joint strategic plan that aims to tackle the major challenges they face in delivering the government’s housing targets and the key strategic transport and infrastructure required for the wider area.

The South West Hertfordshire Partnership, which includes Watford Borough Council, Hertsmere Borough Council, St Albans District Council, Three Rivers District Council and Dacorum Borough Council, will focus on developing a plan for specific projects and programmes that go beyond individual council boundaries related to housing, employment, transport, schools, health, utilities like water and sewerage and other infrastructure.

The common goal of the partners is to deliver life enhancing communities that meet local housing and employment needs and that are connected, sustainable and promote healthy living.

Elected Mayor Peter Taylor said “We are working with other councils so that we have a better chance of managing the government’s increased housing targets for our town. One of my key priorities is to improve our infrastructure to make sure that we can manage our growth. That means a new cycle hire scheme, a new bus service as well council homes for local families who need them the most.”

Each council will still be responsible for their own Local Plan, but an overarching joint strategic plan based on shared priorities and challenges will be developed by the partners. By working together, the councils are confident they will be in a stronger position to deliver sustainable growth and access increased funding from central government for key strategic projects that will be used to improve essential local transport links, health services and educational facilities that local people want to see.

The proposed joint strategic plan was given the go ahead at a Watford Borough Council cabinet meeting earlier today.

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