Hemel Garden Communities
What is Hemel Garden Communities?
Hemel Garden Communities (HGC) is an ambitious development programme that will transform Hemel Hempstead and create attractive and sustainable new neighbourhoods and communities to the north and east of Hemel Hempstead, through the delivery of more than 11,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs by 2050.
We're working in partnership with St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and The Crown Estate to deliver the HGC programme, which will provide a variety of benefits to Hemel Hempstead. These include new high-quality homes, of which 40 per cent will be affordable. New neighbourhoods will be set around vibrant local centres, green spaces and play areas, all easily accessed on foot. Sustainable travel such as walking, cycling and public transport will be given priority as we target a greener, healthier environment, which includes open spaces as well as new country and district parks.
HGC will create 10,000 new jobs. Many of these will be in Hertfordshire Innovation Quarter, a new business park with a range of facilities including flexible office and industrial spaces, and a variety of amenities to serve the local community.
The creation of sustainable transport choices and links between Maylands, the town centre and Hemel Hempstead train station, plus wider connections to both St Albans City and St Albans Abbey train stations, will achieve connected and sustainable communities.
The Hemel Garden Communities Charter provides an insight into the key vision principles of the development, our aspirations for high-quality, innovative design, and the key studies and plans, infrastructure improvements and the wider benefits planned for the town.
The key themes are:
- Place and Design: HGC will respond to the pressing issues of social inclusion and climate change, provide economic opportunities, and take advantage of new and emerging technologies.
- Engagement: HGC will be developed through a partnership of existing and new communities, public agencies and the private sector.
- Delivery: The timely delivery of homes and supporting infrastructure will build communities, support a high-quality, sustainable and inclusive place.
For more information, please see the Hemel Garden Communities Charter (PDF 7MB).
We've been working with stakeholders and the public to develop a Spatial Vision for the Hemel Garden Communities Programme area, which will explain how the town and wider area will look and feel when the new development and transformation of the town is complete.
The Spatial Vision builds on the strengths of Hemel Hempstead and the wider area, and has been shaped through activities and events engaging local communities over the summer, including public competitions, input via the Hemel Channel Instagram account, a virtual public workshop held on Zoom, and councillor involvement from the partner authorities (Dacorum Borough Council, St Albans City and District Council and Hertfordshire County Council).
The Spatial Vision is currently proceeding through our approvals process. It was on the agenda at our Strategic Planning and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 1 December 2020. Our Cabinet will be presented with a report on the Spatial Vision in early 2021. (St Albans City and District Council and Hertfordshire County Council are also reporting the Spatial Vision through their own processes.)
We'll be launching the Spatial Vision in early 2021 and providing opportunities for you to have your say in shaping the plans for Hemel Garden Communities.
This page will be updated regularly with information on progress, news and upcoming opportunities to get involved and learn more about the HGC programme.
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