St Albans District Council has identified the need to build nearly 9,000 homes across the district by 2031.

To support this ambition, the Council has allocated ‘East Hemel’ – situated on land just west of the M1, next to Hemel Hempstead – to deliver 2,500 new homes, along with new employment space, schools, transport infrastructure and green space.

The Crown Estate is the sole landowner for East Hemel and is proud to be helping to deliver this ambition. At East Hemel, we want to create a vibrant community – one that new and existing residents can be proud of.

We consulted with local residents on our plans for East Hemel in October 2016 and again in June 2017. Information from these events can be found here.

Since then we have been working to develop our masterplan for the site. Our ambition is to submit a planning application later in 2019. Before we do however, we will consult again with the local community.

Hemel Garden Communities

The Crown Estate is also partnering with St Albans Council, Dacorum Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to help deliver Hemel Garden Communities.

Hemel Garden Communities will deliver 10,000 new homes, employment space, schools and major transport infrastructure that will help Hemel and St Albans thrive over the next 25 years.

The Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government recently approved the bid for Hemel Garden Communities (HGC). Plans for East Hemel 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.


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

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Our property portfolio spans prime retail centres across the UK, including world-class destinations in central London, rural and coastal land and much of the UK’s seabed.
As an independent commercial real estate business, established by an Act of Parliament, we are unique in that our entire annual profits is returned to the Treasury for the benefit of the public finances. 

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 the East Hemel site which is planned as three connected areas, two residential areas and another providing employment space.

Our proposals include:

  • Affordable_Housing 2,500 homes, up to 40% of which will be affordable
  • Jobs 55 hectares of employment space that will create up to 8,000 jobs
  • Infrastructure Upgrades to M1 Junction 8 and Breakspear Roundabout and new walking, cycling and bus routes
  • Schools New nursery, primary and secondary schools
  • Open_Space A range of open spaces from children’s play areas to sports pitches and local centres with community facilities including shops


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.

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