In April 2018, we adopted the Two Waters Masterplan Guidance as a planning statement. Alongside Network Rail and London and Continental Railways we are now jointly preparing a Station Gateway Masterplan and Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for Site 1: Hemel Hempstead Station and Surroundings. This will be a more detailed document and will guide the future redevelopment of land around Hemel Hempstead train station.
The Station Gateway Masterplan and SPD aim to make improvements for rail passengers, residents and visitors, as well as for the local community. They seek to provide much-improved public transport services, new parking facilities, a mix of leisure uses - such as restaurants and cafes - and high-quality new homes through the redevelopment of the area.
Consultation on the draft Station Gateway Masterplan took place from Monday 21 May 2018 until Sunday 10 June 2018, and is now closed. All comments received are now being reviewed. The consultation boards and frequently asked questions can be viewed here:
What happens next?
The feedback from the consultation will inform the development of the Station Gateway SPD, which will add detail to the policies about this area in the Local Plan and be a material consideration when planning applications are assessed. The principles set out in the SPD will influence the type and character of development that will be acceptable in the area. It will also identify the infrastructure improvements required to support new development and how these will be funded. Further consultation on the SPD will take place later in 2018.
Two Waters Masterplan
The Two Waters Masterplan Guidance was adopted by Dacorum Borough Council as a planning statement in April 2018. The final guidance together with the full consultation statement can be viewed here Additional Planning Guidance Documents.
The guidance covers the area between Apsley railway station, the Plough (Magic) roundabout and Hemel Hempstead railway station. This follows on from the adoption of the Two Waters Strategic Framework by Cabinet in November 2015.
The Masterplan will help ensure that development and changes in the area, including housing, business, open space, transport and community services, are planned and designed in the best possible way to ensure we have an attractive, sustainable and balanced town fit for the future. The Masterplan Guidance has been developed as a planning statement, and will be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), as part of the review of the new Dacorum Local Plan, expected around 2019.
The development of the Masterplan Guidance was informed by the Evidence Base, which comprises a capacity study, transport and viability assessments. The Evidence Base can be found below:
Two Waters Strategic Framework
The Two Waters Strategic Framework has been created to help guide interest and give a clear vision for the area. It only acts as a first step in setting out broad principles. The controlled development and regeneration of the Two Waters area of Hemel Hempstead is vital to the overall well being of Dacorum.
The Two Waters area is located at the southern edge of the town centre by the Plough (Magic) Roundabout, with Hemel Hempstead railway station to the west, and Apsley railway station to the east. There is currently an eclectic mix of land uses around the edges of Two Waters, including residential, light industrial, retail and community uses, and a large swathe of valuable recreational land in the centre, owned and managed by the Box Moor Trust.