Often referred to as the ‘City’s Watchdogs’, the Civic Society is the conservation and amenity movement for St Albans. We are a member of the national organisation ‘Civic Voice‘.
Founded in 1961 and part of the nationwide civic society movement, we are a registered charity, number 200330, and a non political organisation, ready to welcome everyone who cares about the future of St Albans.
So, do join us, maybe to offer to help, or maybe just to show you support our aims. We offer, above all, a chance to be involved and have a say in what our city looks like and how it functions.
Download our latest newsletter (winter 2018)
Local Plan Consultation
The Society has responded to the St Albans District Council Local Plan consultation concerning the future development of the City from 2020 to 2036. In our response we recognise the importance of a new Local Plan (LP) which is needed, in order to update the previous LP, drafted in 1994. This is, not only to ensure that the authority’s LP is compatible with latest edition of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), published in July 2018, but also that the District Council will not have to relinquish its control, over planning in the district, to Government, because there has been a failure to produce an approved, up-to-date Plan. You can read our full response here.
Luton Airport Consultation
The Society has submitted an objection the expansion of Luton Airport for the following reasons:
1. increase in noise pollution from additional aircraft over-flying St Albans.
2. additional pressure on the Midland mainline and Thameslink services vital to St Albans commuter needs.
3. additional traffic generation leading to increased congestion at M1 junctions and pinchpoints .
4. unnecessary increase in capacity considering cumulative over-expansion of airports in South East.
You can read the full letter here Luton Airport Expansion SACS response
Verulamium Park derives much of its character from its water-features. The view to the Abbey over the lakes affords one of the finest vistas in St Albans. And the Ver, which feeds the lakes, is valued as one of the World’s rarest and most endangered habitats: the chalk stream, a precious wonder of which we are custodian for future generations. Unfortunately, closer inspection of this bucolic scene reveals that all is not well in paradise. Low volumes of water-flow have exacerbated inherent silting problems which are now manifest: residents and visitors may encounter unsightly mud, unpleasant smells and dead wildfowl. Read more.
NPPF – National Planning Policy Framework
The Society has submitted a detailed response to the consultation on the draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The consultation sought views on proposals to change planning policy and legislation to bring forward more land in the right places. Read more. You can download a copy of our NPPF response here.
Often when we object to a new development we cite ‘loss of, or damage to, character’ or something similar. What is it that contributes to the character of an area? What makes St Albans – St Albans? What gives it a sense of place? This is an attempt to look at some of the things that have contributed to St Albans’ character in the past and raise some questions about what we might want in future developments large or small.
Jill Singer presents the first in our series of monthly talks running up to a conference in July to mark the 50th anniversary of the St Albans Conservation Area.
Geraint John presents the second in our series of monthly talks running up to a conference in July to mark the 50th anniversary of the St Albans Conservation Area.
Simon Knight presents the third in our series of monthly talks running up to a conference in July to mark the 50th anniversary of the St Albans Conservation Area.
Tim Boatswain presents the final monthly talk running up to a conference in July to mark the 50th anniversary of the St Albans Conservation Area.
For its Awards, the Society looks for projects that contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the character of St Albans, and achieve the highest standards of architecture, planning, landscaping and civic design. This year, two projects were given the Society’s Annual Award and plaque, and two projects were commended. The Trevelyan Prize recognises projects that achieve the finest quality in terms of conservation / restoration. This year, one project was awarded the Trevelyan Prize; one project was commended. These awards cover projects completed in 2017 and were presented on 30 October 2018.