BRAG has signed up to the ‘One Voice’ alliance, with the express aim to show that different areas of Dacorum and groups/organisations stand firmly together against the Draft Local Plan.   “We the Chiltern Society, Chiltern Countryside Group, Grove Fields Residents Association (GFRA), Berkhamsted Residents Action Group (BRAG), Kings Langley & District Residents Association (KL&DRA), Berkhamsted Citizens and […]

BRAG response to DBC Local Plan Consultation 2021

Find BRAG’s Full Response HERE If you wish to go through the consultation portal section by section (which really you should) , the full response will hopefully help you formulate your response to each section, though you do not have to respond to every section. However, please do use your own words where you can as your […]

CPRE Herts Publish Preliminary Review of DBC Local Plan

CPRE Herts Facebook page ( ) has a lengthy post that provides very useful guidance as to a) the importance of responding to the Local Plan consultation, b) how people can respond c) what arguments residents may like to use in response to the Plan proposals. CPRE Herts preliminary review of DBC Local Plan consultation […]

Map Of “Growth” Sites For Berkhamsted

  “Growth Sites” automatically clear the first Planning hurdle by having outline planning permission automatically granted.!!!!!! Download your copy of the BCA DLP Map, show your neighbours – get them involved in the consultation at (Map courtesy of Berkhamsted Citizens) Petition The Dacorum Draft Local Plan outlines in excess of 20,000 new homes across Dacorum. We would like to defer the Consultation on the Dacorum Draft Local Plan for two reasons: 1. If approval is given on Wednesday 18 November then the Consultation would run for an 8-week period during lockdown and over Christmas which […]

Dacorum Councillors Further to BRAG’s letter dated 9th November, BRAG would like to thank Councillors for taking time to read our letter and especially those who confirmed such in emails. BRAG would like to take the opportunity to respond to all Dacorum Councillors regarding a few points made in some of those replies. It is […]

Letter To Dacorum Councillors

Dacorum Councillors   Draft Local Plan 2020-2038 Consultation Berkhamsted Residents Action Group (BRAG) has detailed knowledge of Berkhamsted and has been pro- actively involved in the planning strategy for the Town for the last 10 years. We were actively involved and worked alongside the Planning team on the preparation and examination of the 2013 approved […]

Letter To Berkhamsted Councillors On SPEOS Committee

Re: Dacorum Local Plan 2020-2038 Dear Councillors, We are writing to you as a member of the Strategic Planning and Environment OSC in advance of your meeting on 23 September 2020. There are a number of major concerns listed below arising from the draft consultation paper you will be considering under item 6 of your […]

Update To Members

Dear Member, It has been a long time since we have been in touch because there has been nothing to act on – Dacorum haven’t even bothered to properly analyse and respond to the 2017 Options consultation, while they have blatantly ignored any of our responses when formulating the new Draft Local Plan which is […]


St Albans City & District have just closed their consultation on their proposed local plan. In it they propose to expand Hemel Hempstead into their District to the tune of 5500+ new homes (all on Green Belt and representing 44.9% of planned development in their plan), despite the fact that Hemel Hempstead is a Dacorum […]

CPRE Herts Calendar

CPRE Herts Calendar Featuring “South Berkhamsted” for September   For details on how to get your copy go to:   All the land featured in the calendar are Greenbelt sites currently under threat and it is an excellent initiative to highlight the problem across Herts.

What DBC Planning Really Thinks?!!

James Doe is the Assistant Director for Planning, Development and Regeneration at Dacorum Borough Council.   (Full DeeTV article can be found here: Yes that is correct, you heard right – the man in charge of DBC planning believes that the numbers being proposed in the current consultation are “too much for the town“. At […]

Time Running Out For MP To Speak Up

Five years ago David Gauke spoke out about how inappropriate and damaging the proposed South Berkhamsted Concept development would be. Not only did the MP for South West Hertfordshire make it clear in letters to constituents (see below) but he also appeared on DeeTv with a thoughtful, well reasoned and coherent message. (Full DeeTV article […]

Berkhamsted Under Attack

Sample Text That could Be Sent As E-mail To DBC

For those not wishing to answer questions on DBC’s portal and find the process complicated, BRAG offers sample text that could form the basis of you response highlighting some of the most significant points. Naturally, you should amend and add as you wish and this text is offered simply to help residents formulate their own […]

BRAG’s Full Response to DBC’s Local Plan Issues & Options Consultation

BRAG may make the odd change to its response before deadline (13th December) if it is felt necessary, but to help residents formulate their responses please find below BRAG’s ‘draft’ full response or download in pdf form here: BRAG draft response to Issues Options(27thNov) Question 1            Do you agree with the conclusions reached in the Sustainability […]

Comment On Growth Options

Please remember the Public Meeting at the Civic Centre  tonight (7.30pm) BRAG’s AGM is on Monday 27th November at The Court House (8pm) and BRAG will be publishing its draft response to Dacorum’s New Local Plan Issues & Options Consultation following that meeting. However, in the meantime, I would like to pick up on a […]

Berkhamsted Sites

Download the Berkhamsted sites map and site details here: Or see screen shots below


Friday 17 November 2pm – 9pm  Local Plan Public Exhibition Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 161 High Street, Berkhamsted Wednesday 22 November 7.30pm Berkhamsted Town Council Public Meeting Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 161 High Street, Berkhamsted Monday 27 November 8pm BRAG AGM The Court House, Berkhamsted


Due to exceptional circumstances we have changed the date of the AGM to Monday November 27th @ 8pm The Court House, Berkhamsted This is due to the very late announcement of a Town Council Public Meeting at the Civic Centre on 22nd November (7.30pm). Clearly it would be wrong for BRAG to go ahead with […]

DBC Cabinet meeting 17th Oct – A Personal Report

On Tuesday night the six councillors who make up the DBC Cabinet duly approved the Local Plan draft consultation documents which will go out for consultation between the 1st November and 13th December. As democratic processes go it was hardly the most uplifting of spectacles. Sure there was a much bigger audience than usual – […]




  BERKHAMSTED RESIDENTS ACTION GROUP     AGENDA FOR THE FIFTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON MONDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2016 AT THE COURT HOUSE BERKHAMSTED  AT 8.00 P.M.       Apologies for absence Minutes of AGM dated 30thNovember 2015 Chairman’s report To consider and approve BRAG’s accounts To receive any nominations for […]

BRAG AGM minutes

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Consultation on the NPPF and BRAG’s response

The Department for Communities and Local Government are consulting on proposed changes to national planning policy. Full details can be found at It is important to respond to this consultation. BRAG’s response and be found here. BRAG Response to the Consultation Paper on proposed changes to national planning policy


AGENDA FOR THE FOURTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON MONDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2015 AT THE COURT HOUSE BERKHAMSTED AT 8.00 P.M.   Apologies for absence Minutes of AGM dated 24 thNovember 2014 Chairman’s report To consider and approve BRAG’s accounts To receive any nominations for officers/committee members Election of officers and committee: –  Chairman –  […]


8pm 24th November 2014 at The Court House, berkhamsted.


BRAG has completed an analysis of the Green Belt Review commissioned by Dacorum Borough Council. BRAG asked DBC planning to go back to the authors of the report, SKM, to address factual errors and weaknesses in their report. DBC refused, so BRAG completed an analysis and have submitted it Berkhamsted Town Council, requesting that the […]


All, You have all asked to be kept informed re the legal challenged lodged by GUI Ltd to Dacorum’s Core Strategy. I am pleased to confirm that the Judge Mr Justice Lindblom handed down his judgment in the High Court late this afternoon, and found in favour of the Council on both of the grounds […]

AGM Minutes

AGM Minutes



BRAG AGM BERKHAMSTED RESIDENTS ACTION GROUP AGENDA FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON MONDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2013 AT THE COURT HOUSE BERKHAMSTED AT 8.00 P.M. 1. Apologies for absence 2. Minutes of AGM dated 26th November 2012 3. Chairman’s report 4. To consider and approve BRAG’s accounts 5. To receive any […]


GUI have made a legal challenge to the adopted Core Strategy on two points: a) Ground 1, Main Modification 28 (MM28), which commits the Council to an early partial review of the Core Strategy, could not make an unsound plan sound; and b) Ground 2, the Council has failed to undertake a legally compliant sustainability […]


BRAG AGM will be held at The Court House, Church Lane at 8pm on Monday November 25th 2013. View Larger Map

Core Strategy Adopted

The Corse Strategy has been adopted by Council 36 votes to 4 with 1 abstention.

GUI legal challenge

GUI have signaled their intentions to mount a legal challenge if the Core Strategy is officially adopted at the Full Council Meeting tonight (7.30pm). They did it by way of a solicitor’s letter prior the Cabinet Meeting last week where Cabinet agreed to recommend the Core Strategy to Full Council today. The letter didn’t raise […]


The Inspector’s report has been published and, subject to the Main Modifications that were consulted on, he has found the Core Strategy sound. The council will consider adoption of the Core Strategy at the Cabinet meeting on 17 September 2013 and Full Council 25 September 2013. (See press release below) The full report and letter […]

Question Time – 16 April 7.45pm

Taylor Wimpey are holding a Public Exhibition of detailed plans for the first phase of the proposed development on the fields around Egerton-Rothesay School. The first phase is for 120 homes to be followed by a second phase of 60 further homes. The exhibition will take place at E-R School between 2pm and 8pm on Tuesday […]

Main Modifications to the Pre-Submission Core Strategy – Comments

All comments that have been submitted to Dacorum Borough Council can be found at   BRAG’s submissions can obviously found at the above address but for convenience we reproduce them below:   MM2 – BRAG believes the paragraph can be further strengthened by adding “ only if and when there is a proven need for additional […]


The Core Strategy was submitted for examination in June 2012.  This was conducted by a Planning Inspector and included a hearing in October 2012. Following that examination, the Council is proposing some changes to the Core Strategy.   The Council has published a ‘Modifications document’ for consultation.  This contains: (1)           Main Modifications to the Pre-Submission Core […]

MP David Gauke confirms his opposition to the South Berkhamsted Concept in his “New Year Message” on DEETV  


The hearing stage of the Inquiry finished on 18th October 2012 and BRAG believes it went well and we did as much as we could have. As well as providing the additional written statements to the Inspector prior to the Inquiry (all written statements including those of BRAG can be viewed at ), we gave oral evidence […]

BRAG AGM Monday 26th November

BRAG AGM Monday 26th November Place: Court House, Church Lane, Berkhamsted Time: 8pm     MINUTES OF BERKHAMSTED RESIDENTS ACTION GROUP 1ST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING held on MONDAY 26TH NOVEMBER At THE COURT HOUSE, BERKHAMSTED           1/11 Apologies for absence Apologies for absence were received   2/11 Chairman’s Report Antony Harbidge […]

The clock is ticking and the inquiry has been set for the first two weeks of October.

  Please see video by DEETV and please distribute to all your friends/neighbours:

The revised Core Strategy

The revised Core Strategy went before Council Cabinet on April 24th and was ‘rubber stamped’ at full Council on 22nd May. We haven’t had time to analyse the revised Core Strategy in any great detail, but the vast majority of changes appear to be minor or technical. You can look at all the documents at […]


Thank you for participating in consultation on the Council’s Pre-Submission Core Strategy at the end of last year.   We received feedback from over 200 individuals, groups and organisations, equating to over 1,000 separate representations. All of these comments, whether received in paper or electronic form, have now been uploaded to the Council’s online consultation […]

BRAG update

Dacorum Borough Council are currently collating and analysing all submissions to the Core Strategy. DBC are likely to put it all before the Inspector April/May, who in turn is lilely to hold the Examintaion during September 2012. GUI made a submission running into thousands of pages and BRAG is currently analysing GUIs final submission with […]

Donate to the cause

All money collected from membership and donations will be used to finance professional planning and legal advice/services that BRAG require in opposing the South Berkhamsted Concept. No money will be used for general administration costs, such as printing the flyers, photocopying etc, these day to day costs are being absorbed by committee members and volunteers.

The plans

The revised South Berkhamsted Concept promotes a development of 800 dwellings (down from the original 1000) predominantly wedged between Upper Hall Park and the A41.GUI claim the “Concept is rooted in the identified needs of the town as articulated by local residents”. NO, it is rooted in GUI’s desire to squeeze the best financial return […]

Parking plans for Swing Gate Lane

GUI claim a new East/West avenue will ease traffic flow. NO, it will offer an alternative to Hilltop Road as a route from Chesham Road to Swing Gate Lane ONLY, but an increase of 1600+ cars to the area will more than negate any perceived benefit. The reality will be an increase in traffic through […]