About Us


The Parish includes Kinsbourne Green Common and parts of the Rothamsted Estate (see Parish Boundary for details of the boundary), and sits to the west and north-west of Harpenden. It was created in 1898 when the old Harpenden Parish was split into two: one urban district and one rural district.

The Parish, whilst covering a large area, has the second smallest number of properties of any Parish in the St Albans District. The housing in Chamberlaines/Spring Road (the Annables Estate) is the largest conurbation.

Explore our website to discover more about this lovely corner of Harpenden.


The Parish Council comprises five Parish Councillors and it usually meets four times a year. Planning applications relating to the Parish are considered at each meeting of the Parish Council, and, where appropriate, comments are submitted to St Albans City & District Council.

The Parish Council maintains a number of benches looking onto Kinsbourne Green Common and two dog waste bins. It also maintains the triangular recreational area at the east end of the Common. The Parish Council’s noticeboard is also situated here.


Situated at the north-west edge of St Albans District Council, Harpenden Rural Parish shares boundaries with Harpenden Town Council and Redbourn Parish Council.  Harpenden Rural is also adjoined by the District Councils of Dacorum (largely to the west) and Central Bedfordshire (largely to the north).

Although not sharing a boundary, neighbouring Luton Borough Council is also of significance to Harpenden Rural given the proximity of Luton Airport to the north-east.  Luton Borough Council is the majority shareholder in London Luton Airport Ltd, and also the authority responsible for planning considerations for the airport and environs.