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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.

Our HGC partners - St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership - are working with 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 Charter

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Engagement: HGC will be developed through a partnership of existing and new communities, public agencies and the private sector.
  3. 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)

Hemel Channel logoSpatial Vision

We've been working with stakeholders and the public to develop a Spatial Vision for the Hemel Garden Communities Programme area, which explains 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, 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 Vision

Our vision for Hemel Garden Communities is to create a greener, more connected New Town. 

In the heart of the Golden Triangle between Oxford, Cambridge and London, Hemel Garden Communities will create new neighbourhoods and transform existing ones and the wider area, building on the best of its heritage and culture to become a greener, more connected New Town.

The vision is organised into four thematic pillars, all of which reinforce the aspirations to promote healthy lifestyles and respond to the climate crisis. Hemel Garden Communities will be home to inclusive, integrated neighbourhoods connected by a green network, and thoughtfully designed places with engaged communities, all underpinned by digital connectivity, a self-sustaining economy and pioneering green technology driven by Herts Innovation Quarter.

For more information, please see the  Hemel Garden Communities Spatial Vision (PDF 15MB).  

If you would prefer to download our Spatial Vision document without the appendix, please see  Hemel Garden Communities Spatial Vision (PDF 11MB).

More information

Your Local Journeys survey

On behalf of Hemel Garden Communities, a huge thanks to all those who have completed our survey between 18 February and 18 March 2022. The responses will be collated and reviewed in the next few weeks to help us plan for the next stage of our community engagement.

Congratulations to F Parkins of Hemel Hempstead, the winner of our free prize draw of a £200 cycle voucher.

If you would like to be kept up to date and opt in to our mailing list, please email hemelgardencommunities@dacorum.gov.uk.

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This page will be updated regularly with information on progress, news and upcoming opportunities to get involved and learn more about the HGC programme.