What is the Joint Strategic Plan?

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The Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) will provide a long-term blueprint for the area to 2050. It will be able to consider and address issues that cross council boundaries and set out a strategic vision for the area. It will also help guide future plans and strategies by setting out high level policies on topics such as climate change, infrastructure, environmental protection, employment and housing.

The five councils alongside Hertfordshire County Council will work together to prepare the Joint Strategic Plan, as well as being responsible for preparing their own Local Plans. The key aim of the Plan will be to ensure that infrastructure such as transport, schools, health, and utilities is well coordinated and delivered together with new homes and jobs.

The JSP will set out a shared vision to 2050 and beyond and will address:

  • Climate change;
  • Strategic approach to Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB);
  • Net-zero;
  • Strategic growth opportunities;
  • Strategic infrastructure delivery;
  • Economic opportunities; and
  • Housing needs.

Further information about the Councils involved can be found here, and copies of key documents here.




The Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) will provide a long-term blueprint for the area to 2050. It will be able to consider and address issues that cross council boundaries and set out a strategic vision for the area. It will also help guide future plans and strategies by setting out high level policies on topics such as climate change, infrastructure, environmental protection, employment and housing.

The five councils alongside Hertfordshire County Council will work together to prepare the Joint Strategic Plan, as well as being responsible for preparing their own Local Plans. The key aim of the Plan will be to ensure that infrastructure such as transport, schools, health, and utilities is well coordinated and delivered together with new homes and jobs.

The JSP will set out a shared vision to 2050 and beyond and will address:

  • Climate change;
  • Strategic approach to Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB);
  • Net-zero;
  • Strategic growth opportunities;
  • Strategic infrastructure delivery;
  • Economic opportunities; and
  • Housing needs.

Further information about the Councils involved can be found here, and copies of key documents here.