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.

Thank you to all of those who attended our three public exhibition events on the 20th, 24th and 27th October to give us their feedback on our proposals. Residents’ comments are now being reviewed to help inform our proposals.

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.

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 a new park.

Consultation Timeline

  • Public exhibitions

    4pm – 7pm on 20th October at Holy Trinity Church, Leverstock Green; 3pm-7pm on 24th October at Brockswood School & 4pm – 8pm on 27th October at Redbourn Parish Centre

  • Review feedback

    received from the local community during the public consultation

  • Draft Masterplan produced

    early 2017

  • Second round of consultation

    Spring 2017

  • Proposed application date

    Mid to late 2017


You can download our exhibition boards here along with other relevant documents. These provide further detail about our vision and emerging options for East Hemel.

Get in Touch

Alternatively please call us on 020 7554 1895 or email us at