At East Hemel, we want to create a vibrant community that new and existing residents can be proud of. As the single land owner for the site, we have a rare opportunity to deliver a cohesive vision for East Hemel.

UPDATE – Hemel Garden Communities

The Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government has approved the bid for Hemel Garden Communities (HGC) which is being delivered in partnership with St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and The Crown Estate. Plans for East Hemel will form a key part of HGC and The Crown Estate is working together with all local partners to help ensure that the planning application supports its aims and delivery.

APPLICATION UPDATE – Environmental Impact Assessment scoping exercise 

St Albans District Council and Dacorum District Council are currently consulting with a range of organisations and the public on updating the current Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for The Crown Estate’s plans for East Hemel. This is to ensure that the development is sustainable and any environmental impacts are suitably mitigated and is to bring the existing assessment into line with current regulations .

As part of the councils’ consultation on the EIA scoping exercise, you may have received a letter asking for your views on the scope of the assessment. No planning application has been made at this time. The Crown Estate is hoping to submit a planning application later this year and will consult with the community again before doing so.


In June 2017, we were pleased to welcome almost 900 people to our second round of public consultation events on our proposed masterplan for East Hemel. This followed our previous consultation held in October 2016 on our vision and emerging options. Thank you to everyone who attended the events or submitted feedback on our plans.

Since then, we have continued engaging with councillors and community groups through the East Hemel Forum. A preliminary summary of the feedback we received can be viewed in the Downloads section below.


The idea of East Hemel was first proposed by Government Inspectors in 2006 and it now forms part of the emerging St Albans Strategic Local Plan (SLP).

The Council has identified a need for 8,720 homes to be built across the District by 2031. The Council has proposed that East Hemel will provide 2,500 of these new homes, helping to meet local housing need. It will also create up to 8,000 new jobs along with new local infrastructure and green spaces.

If you were unable to attend the June events or want further information you can download our consultation boards in the Downloads section below. We have also worked with local partners in the area to establish the East Hemel Forum. You can view agendas and minutes from the Forum’s meetings here.

If you have any questions about our plans, please do not hesitate to get in touch using the details below.

About The Crown Estate

We are an independent commercial business, established by an Act of Parliament.
100% of our annual profits are returned to the Treasury for the benefit of the public finances.
Over the last 10 years, we have returned over £2.4bn to the Treasury.

Our history can be traced back to 1066. In the 21st century, we are a successful, commercial enterprise, established as a market leader in our key sectors and known for a progressive, sustainable approach that creates long term value, beyond its financial return.

Across our rural land portfolio, one of our core activities involves promoting development opportunities which help meet local housing needs.

About East Hemel

At East Hemel we want to create a community. A place that new and existing residents can be proud of.

The image below shows all Crown Estate land west of the M1. East Hemel will be planned as three connected areas, two of which will provide new housing, with the other delivering employment space.

Some of the features our plans will include are:

  • Affordable_Housing Up to 40% of homes being affordable.
  • Jobs 55 hectares of employment space that will create up to 8,000 jobs.
  • Infrastructure Investment in road infrastructure and in bus, walking and cycling routes.
  • Schools Investment in nursery, primary and secondary schools as well as local centres with community facilities.
  • Open_Space A range of open spaces from children’s play areas to new country parks in both residential areas.


You can download our exhibition boards here along with other relevant documents. These provide further detail about our proposed Masterplan for East Hemel. You can also comment on our plans through the online feedback form by clicking here.

Get in Touch

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