Hemel Hempstead could be set to grow as plans for thousands of new homes on the eastern edge of the town are revealed.
St Albans City & District Council (SADC) has launched a consultation on their draft Local Plan, which includes significant development on a strip of land between Hemel Hempstead and the M1.
The land, which falls just within SADC’s boundary, is earmarked for 4,750 new homes by 2041, and 5,500 homes in total by 2050.
The plans also include an expansion of Maylands Business Park, with the Hertfordshire Innovation Quarter leading the way for new employment opportunities and the creation of 8,000 jobs.
A further 2,000 jobs would be created through the growth of Hemel Hempstead, including in the education, retail, health and leisure sectors.
In total, the proposals would see an extension of more than 500 hectares to the town.
The land earmarked on the eastern edge of the town is by far the biggest site included in the draft Local Plan.
In total, SADC is looking to build 11,826 homes by 2050, with 46 per cent of this target being on land adjoining Hemel.
A consultation on the plans, which can be viewed on SADC’s website, is underway, with views welcomed until September 25.
Hemel resident Charlotte Harris said: “It is worrying that SADC can tack so many new homes on the edge of our town. I’m not sure the town can cope unless new facilities are also built.”
Councillor Chris White, Leader of SADC, said: “Now is the time for the public to have their say.
“It is vital that we hear from people right across the community and I particularly hope that we get a good response from our younger residents.”
To take part in the consultation, which closes at 5pm on September 25, please visit the website.
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