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.


The Crown Estate will be holding  a public consultation event to present our Draft Masterplan for land East of Hemel Hempstead and to get your thoughts and feedback – you can give us your thoughts via the online feedback form, available here.

This follows our previous consultation held in October 2016 on our vision and emerging options for East Hemel. The events were a great opportunity for us to listen to residents’ feedback on our proposals and understand local priorities.

Since the last consultation, we have used this feedback to help develop our proposals. 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.

The Crown Estate will be holding events across three days at three different locations in the local area. Please feel free to drop by at one.


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.

Details are as follows:

Tuesday 20 June 5pm – 8pm
Woodhall Farm Community Centre, Datchet Close, Woodhall Farm, HP2 7JX

Friday 23 June 4pm – 8pm
Redbourn Village Hall, 63 High St, Redbourn, AL3 7LW

Saturday 24 June 10am – 2pm
Leverstock Green Village Hall, Village Centre, Leverstock Green,  HP3 8QG

We look forward to welcoming you at one of our consultation events. You can download our consultation boards in the Downloads section below. You can also comment on our plans through the online feedback form by clicking here.

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 2017

    submit planning application

  • 2018

    application determined

  • Late 2019

    work starts on site

  • 2021

    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.

Get in Touch

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