New '˜village' plans for north-west Hemel Hempstead include 600 homes and a primary school

The creation of '˜Cherry Tree Village' is a step closer after plans were submitted for 600 new homes, land for a primary school, and offices for up to 500 new jobs.

Thursday, 24th November 2016, 12:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 10:39 am
An artist's impression of 'Cherry Tree Village'

The Spencer’s Park site, located between Cherry Tree Lane and the travellers park, will connect with phase one of the park which Barratt Homes is a third of the way through building.

Feedback for phase two - proposed by the Homes and Counties Agency along with The Crown Estate - will be collected by Christmas and if plans are given the green light, work will start next year.

At a public exhibition earlier this year, residents raised concerns about traffic, site access, and the proximity to Buncefield oil depot.

But developers said a transport assessment has since been carried out and “mitigation measures” have been proposed.

In a vision statement, developers said the site will have a “strong sense of community” with a “strong emphasis on urban design”.

“Residents will benefit from good pedestrian and cycle links throughout the site, with green infrastructure links a key feature of the development,” it added.

Three-quarters of the land, which is currently used for farming, falls under Dacorum Borough Council and the other quarter falls under St Albans District Council.

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