The Crown Estate seeks input from local communities to establish East Hemel vision

 

  • ‘East Hemel’ has been identified by St Albans District Council as being able to deliver 2,500 new homes and 55 hectares of employment land by 2031.
  • The Crown Estate will host public consultation events on Thursday 20th, Monday 24th and Thursday 27th October to seek input from local people.

The Crown Estate will be holding a series of events to seek local people’s input on an emerging vision for land east of Hemel Hempstead, which includes new homes and jobs, investment in road infrastructure, green spaces, new schools, community facilities, walking and cycling routes as well as a range of other benefits.

The site, which The Crown Estate is calling ‘East Hemel’, has been identified in St Albans District Council’s Strategic Local Plan as having the potential to deliver 2,500 homes and 8,000 new jobs before 2031.

The Crown Estate will be holding consultation events across three days at three different locations in the local area. Details are as follows:

  • Holy Trinity Church, Leverstock Green 4pm – 7pm on Thursday 20th October;
  • Brockswood School, Hemel Hempstead 3pm – 7pm on Monday 24th October;
  • Redbourn Parish Centre 4pm – 8pm on Thursday 27th

 Steve Melligan, Strategic Land Manager at The Crown Estate, which owns the site, said:

“At East Hemel there’s a fantastic opportunity to create a vibrant community, where people can live, work, shop and enjoy spending time with their family, friends and neighbours.

“Seeking the views of local people is incredibly important in ensuring that we can shape a vision for this site which brings forward long term benefits for the local area and delivers the new residential and business accommodation, infrastructure, green spaces and community facilities that the area needs. We’re very much looking forward to talking to local people and hearing their thoughts on the opportunities this site offers.”

Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead said: “This site offers a real opportunity to deliver the homes, jobs and infrastructure that the local area will need in the long term. I’d encourage people to come along to the consultation events to see what’s being proposed and give their views.”

Promoting sites across its rural portfolio to help meet local development needs is one of The Crown Estate’s major specialisms. In the last year it has secured planning permission for 7,000 homes across the UK.

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For further information contact pressoffice@thecrownestate.co.uk; 020 7851 5242

Notes to editors:

The Crown Estate:

  • The Crown Estate is an independent commercial business, established by an Act of Parliament.
  • 100% of its annual profits are returned to the Treasury for the benefit of the public finances.
  • Over the last 10 years The Crown Estate has returned over £2.4bn to the Treasury. In the last financial year the value of the business rose to £12bn and its returns were £304.1m.
  • Across its diverse portfolio, The Crown Estate’s approach remains consistent; driving sustainable returns and growth through an active approach to asset management and long term investment in four key sectors.
  • The Crown Estate’s portfolio includes:
    • All of Regent Street and much of St James’s in central London;
    • A UK leading portfolio of prime regional retail and leisure assets;
    • A major rural landowner;
    • The entire UK seabed and around 50% of the foreshore.
  • The Crown Estate’s history can be traced back to 1066. In the 21st century, it is a successful, commercial enterprise, established as a market leader in its key sectors and known for a progressive, sustainable approach that creates long term value, beyond its financial return.

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