Funding bid for 11,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs succeeds

Hemel Garden Communities project concept image

Working in partnership with St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and The Crown Estate, we've been successful in a bid for funding as part of the Government’s Garden Communities programme.

Hemel Garden Communities is a proposed major urban extension of Hemel Hempstead, providing both new residential and employment space for the area. Hemel Garden Communities' proposed sites are to the east and the north of Hemel Hempstead. The Garden Communities key aim is to integrate these new communities with existing communities in Hemel Hempstead.

As well as being accepted on to the Garden Communities programme, Hemel Garden Communities has been awarded £750,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to help accelerate delivery of the scheme. The funding will help initiate infrastructure studies and support resources to help bring the project forward.

The Hemel Garden Communities Partnership will use the funding to help accelerate the delivery of:

  • High quality designed, mixed-use residential development providing around 11,000 new homes for the area.
  • A significant boost to the local economy through the delivery of 10,000 new jobs, including a new Enviro-Tech based Enterprise Zone to the east, called the Hertfordshire Innovation Quarter
  • Major improvements to existing infrastructure alongside new sustainable infrastructure delivery
  • A Transformational Plan for Hemel Hempstead, looking at social, economic and environmental improvements that can be delivered to the existing settlement as a result of new growth

Environmental credentials and high-quality design principles are at the heart of the Hemel Garden Communities vision, looking at innovative and sustainable new growth through to 2050 and beyond.

Minister of State for Housing Kit Malthouse MP said:

“These new towns will not only provide homes for families, but will be vibrant communities where everyone, including neighbouring communities can benefit from new infrastructure - leaving a legacy for future generations to be proud of.

“I congratulate these councils who have put forward ambitious proposals, which will build many thousands of high-quality homes, and am pleased to support them as they work to make these plans a reality.”

The Hemel Garden Communities project will include an extensive and meaningful public and stakeholder engagement strategy allowing local people the opportunity to help shape the plans and Hemel Hempstead as a whole. This engagement will help inform the plans on how Hemel Garden Communities can enhance the social and cultural life of the town as a whole.

The precise scale and location of future growth for Hemel Hempstead is still subject to the formal processes for Local Plans for ourselves and St Albans City and District Council.

You can find out more about the Hemel Garden Communities proposals by taking a look at the Charter, available on our Hemel Garden Communities page. For any queries on the project's proposals, please email

You can read more about the new Garden Towns on the Government website.