Hemel Garden Communities has won a bid for Garden Community status, gaining a share of £3.7 million of Government funding.
The funds will help speed up the delivery of sustainable homes in a new residential area surrounding Hertfordshire IQ. Hemel Garden Communities was one of only 5 successful bids from over 100 proposals from councils across the UK.
Cherie Norris, Enterprise Zone Manager for Hertfordshire IQ said: “To be one of just five bids chosen out of 100 is testament to the strength of our proposition to bring new homes and breathe new life into Hemel Hempstead, with sustainability and green principles at its core.
“Hemel Garden Communities marks an exciting leap forward in the area’s transformation, with Hertfordshire IQ as it’s commercial heart, creating a national hub for green businesses and set to deliver over 8000 new jobs.”
“We will continue to work in close partnership to deliver our collective vision for green and prosperous communities across the county.”
The Hemel Garden Communities bid was developed in partnership between Dacorum Borough Council, Hertfordshire LEP, St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire County Council and The Crown Estate, to deliver a mixed-use residential and commercial development for Hemel Hempstead, delivering up to 11,000 homes and 10,000 new jobs.
Minister of State for Housing Kit Malthouse MP said: “These new towns will not only provide homes for families, but will be vibrant communities where everyone, including neighbouring communities can benefit from new infrastructure – leaving a legacy for future generations to be proud of.”
“I congratulate these councils who have put forward ambitious proposals, which will build many thousands of high-quality homes, and am pleased to support them as they work to make these plans a reality.”
The announcement follows the news last month of a £9 million investment to speed up the building of existing garden towns and villages.