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GROUP OBJECTIVES

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Organisation of the Group

The Built Environment Group examine all major applications for sites in Harpenden (town and rural parish) every week and where necessary makes recommendations to the planning authority at St Albans.

It is a part of the Society’s service to the community which we believe is much valued. In addition to examination of the weekly plans lists, we welcome comments from members who may have an interest in a particular proposal. We will consider such comments and views when formulating our own response to a particular application.

Membership of the group is open to members of the Society. It is obviously desirable that anyone joining the Group should have an interest in architecture and the built environment, but that interest can be entirely amateur.


The Built Environment group is established to ensure that development plans meet the objectives of the Society. The local agreed planning policy guidance document forms the basis for much of our work.

Major Concerns

The Group are concerned about the growth of Harpenden. We look very carefully at plans to demolish existing properties and to build one or more as replacements. In-filling is generally opposed, as are significant extensions to existing buildings, particularly if they are not in keeping with the scale and style of neighbouring properties.

For more information about the Built Environment Group contact the group convenors, Mike and Pauline Waddilove.