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St Albans Local Plan

From September 2017 Edition | Boxmoor Direct

Mike Penning Hemel Hempstead

St Albans City and District Council are proposing a massive new development east of Hemel Hempstead – between Hemel Hempstead and the M1. 
This land is part of Redbourn Parish and, as such is in St Albans District. However, at this point, the St Albans District boundary pushes right up against the urban part of Hemel Hempstead. The proposed development is known as “East Hemel”.

I have written to St Albans District Council and The Crown Estate (who own the land) about the planning allocation and the allocation of affordable homes in the proposed development because, although for all practical purposes the new homes will be an extension of the town of Hemel Hempstead, St Albans are currently unwilling to co-operate with Dacorum on this.

I believe that, at the very least, future allocation of social rented accommodation in this development should help alleviate the need in Dacorum as well as St Albans. This would help ease social pressures in places such as Boxmoor and Chaulden.

The Planning Inspector has said that St Albans must co-operate with Dacorum, but St Albans challenged this with legal proceedings – which they have just lost. I recently met informally with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and called on the Government to work to resolve this.

It is clear that Dacorum will end up footing the bill for this major expansion of Hemel Hempstead. All the services and infrastructure will be Hemel based. Whilst I welcome development of this area of land, it is common sense – and of course the right thing to do – to share allocations between the two Districts.


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