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Labour to review all major council planning decisions following Pouchen End publication

A Labour led Dacorum Borough Council would force a review of all major strategies within the first six months of winning next year’s council election.

Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Tony Breslin, made the announcement after meeting the West Hemel Action Group (WHAG) to hear objections to the development of 900 homes at Pouchen End.

Breslin agreed to support their campaign as the Pouchen End plans, called LA3, were published at the Warners End Community Centre on Thursday. 

 Tony Breslin, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, said:

Should Labour become the largest party at Dacorum Borough Council after the elections next May, we will commit to reviewing all major strategies announced by the out-going administration within six months of taking office, including LA3 at Pouchen End. And I will support the Council’s action as Hemel’s MP. 

Those members of the West Hemel Action Group that have spoken to us are clear. The consultation process that preceded the publication of the broader planning strategy didn’t consult them from the start but instead presented them with a near-complete document. We will fix that and set out a community based framework for all future consultations.

We need an approach to development and regeneration that favours brown field sites over green, small developments over large, small developers over big, and an overall approach that respects the very design principles on which Hemel was conceived and built.

That’s what the Conservative-led coalition says at Westminster while their colleagues at Dacorum Borough Council appear to put the interests of Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Homes, who already own most of the land, before that of local people. 

We all recognise the need for new homes, especially affordable homes for young, local families, but if Pouchen End gets the go-ahead, we will have begun the un-greening of Hemel, a process that once underway will be impossible to reverse.

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