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 Spring 2018 newsletter
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.
Local Plan Consultation
St Albans District Council has been consulting on a new Local Plan. Their 2016 draft Plan said they would build 436 homes a year. It included a total of 4,000 homes in the Green Belt. The government now says they should build 913 homes a year. This would mean about 9-10,000 homes in the Green Belt. The consultation closed on 21 February 2018.
Download the Society’s Response to Local Plan Consultation which addresses the questions raised in the Local Plan – Have Your Say form produced by the Council. A copy is available on the City Issues pages on the site Read more
What’s it all about?
The Civic Society committee has decided to start a review and ask some serious questions about its activities and how it involves members. In the coming months it will be consulting not only with its membership but also the wider public. This, dear reader, includes you.
This means pertinent questions like: as a civic society are we meeting our remit; keeping up with the city’s development challenges; protecting and promoting St Albans’ heritage and amenities; communicating enough with not only members but the public and the Council. Are we offering what people want with our various talks, visits and other events? Read more
Do you know of a project completed during 2017 that might deserve recognition in the Society’s Awards? These can be for new developments, large or small, but could be for a small extension, restored windows on a period property, or a rebuilt wall. Its not just about buildings either. Remember the Society’s Awards cover things that enhance the quality of St Albans environment or amenities and the Trevelyan Award is presented for a conservation project. Read more
This years Awards were presented on 5 October at the Maltings Arts Theatre.
Each year St Albans Civic Society celebrates imaginative development and design initiatives which have been completed within the city in the previous year – anything from an entire housing scheme to a beautiful front door. While many of the projects considered are architectural, and can involve restoration as well as new buildings, the award has also been made to green space refurbishment, such as in the Vintry Gardens, and the larger-than-life-size puppets that accompany the annual St Albans Pilgrimage.