Hemel Hempstead is a place of opportunity and growth. Having been one of the first New Towns, it is reinventing itself for the 21st century with a series of vibrant new Garden Communities, bringing approximately 11,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs by 2050, within new neighbourhoods, including an extension to Herts Innovation Quarter.
The Spatial Vision for Hemel Garden Communities was agreed in 2020 following the designation of Hemel Hempstead as a transformational Garden Town. The vision focuses on creation of a greener, more connected town which builds on its existing strengths, and the heritage and culture of Hemel Hempstead.
The Hemel Place Strategy includes three themes, focusing on businesses, connections and wellbeing. These are chapters of the Hemel story and big elements for ‘growing a fresh new future’ which is the emotional purpose for Hemel Hempstead.
This Vision will support the priority themes while making the most of the hidden assets in the town centre. With fewer people coming into town centres to work and shop, these locations need an alternative to attract locals and visitors from further afield and to consolidate the retail offer. The
potential repurposing of development areas accompanied by a cultural renaissance aims to position the Town Centre, once again, as the heart of the town and is the centre of a sustainable transport network.
CONNECTED AND NOT ISOLATED
LINKING HEMEL COMMUNITIES WITH SHARED RESOURCES TO BENEFIT ALL