The Hemel Garden Communities Strategic Design Code will shape future development across the northern and eastern growth areas of Hemel Hempstead, which sit within both Dacorum Borough Council and St Albans City and District Council. The Code will guide the integration of a series of new neighbourhoods as part of the "One Hemel" approach to growth and regeneration.

ClientDacorum Borough Council and St Albans City & District Council
Site Size 866 ha
Other Consultants

HTA Landscape - Landscape Architect, Urban Movement - transport consultant

BPTW is delivering a strategic design code for Dacorum Borough Council and St Albans City and District Council to support the Hemel Garden Communities Framework Plan, which will guide the delivery of up to 11,000 new homes and facilities in the area.

Using the process detailed in the National Model Design Code and National Design Guide, the strategic design code will inform the policies of the emerging local plans for both councils and will form the basis for an accompanying Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The BPTW-led consultant team will provide a clear vision and coding plan focused on the structuring principles across the growth areas, and area-wide and area type design coding to guide a place-based approach to Movement, Public Space & Nature and Placemaking. Through close collaboration with council officers, councillors and key stakeholders, our work will ensure the development of clear design quality standards for the primary placemaking components of Hemel Garden Communities. Completion of the new strategic design code is anticipated in Spring 2024.