Public consultation on North Hertfordshire District Council's preferred options for the allocation of land for housing has now opened and will run until 6 February.

The Local Plan will set out proposals for the district for the period to 2031, including setting the policies to be used when determining planning applications, identifying areas to be protected from development and allocating sites for housing development. The majority of development focuses on North Hertfordshire’s towns. To view the plans click here.

Welwyn Hatfield Council is due to start consultation on its preferred options in January. The main focus has been on the housing site allocations, with an anticipated need for 12,500 new homes by 2031. For more information click here.

East Herts, St Albans City and District and Broxbourne Councils are also due to start consultation in 2015.