Hemel Garden Communities (HGC) is an ambitious collaboration between Dacorum Borough Council, St. Albans City and District Council and Hertfordshire County Council, the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Herts IQ, working with the Crown Estate and other landowners.



Partners are working together to transform Hemel Hempstead and bring positive impacts to surrounding communities, creating new homes, shaping new communities and boosting the local economy. We aim to deliver up to 11,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs, that are supported by enhanced connectivity and infrastructure – all delivered within a sustainable living environment that supports healthy living. This is an opportunity to transform existing neighbourhoods and create new, successful communities.

The vision for the programme is that HGC will create a greener, more connected New Town, and this is underpinned by four pillars:

  1. A green network: A network of green routes, travel and places will support healthy lifestyles, biodiversity, climate resilience, environmental sustainability and the wellbeing of local communities.
  2. Integrated neighbourhoods: Hemel Garden Communities will be made up of a series of walkable neighbourhoods, connected to each other with individual distinct identities, exemplar design and sustainability standards, centred upon lively, inclusive local centres.
  3. A self-sustaining economy: Innovation in sustainability, circular economy principles and digital connectivity will be key employment drivers in Hemel Garden Communities and provide a strong theme for the economic identity of the town.
  4. Engaged communities: Connected and engaged communities will be active participants in the growth and transformation of Hemel Garden Communities. Cultural and heritage activity, public art, knowledge and skill exchange and enterprise will all play a role, now and in the long term.