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.


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. We hope to submit an application later this year. 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.

Consultation Timeline

  • Summer 2017

    continue engaging with the local community as well as pre-application meetings with SADC and neighbouring Dacorum

  • Autumn 2017

    consider public consultation responses and finalise Masterplan

  • Late 2018

    submit planning application

  • 2019

    application determined

  • 2020/21

    first detailed applications progressed and determined

  • Late 2021

    work starts onsite

  • 2022

    first house completions and commercial occupancy


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

Alternatively please call us on 020 7554 1898 or email us at