Plans for 130 new homes, public square, church and shops given the go-ahead

An artists' impression of how the public square would look and George Edkins,development director of Hightown Praetorian and Churches Housing Association (below)
An artists' impression of how the public square would look and George Edkins,development director of Hightown Praetorian and Churches Housing Association (below)

A 130 home development with a public square, church, cafes, convenience store and eight other shops at Maylands in Hemel Hempstead has been given the green light by planners.

The site in Maylands Business Park is part of the new “Heart of Maylands” scheme which is located opposite Hightown’s head office in Maylands Avenue.

Development director of developers the Hightown Praetorian and Churches Housing Association, George Edkins, said: “It’s a fantastic start to 2015 for Hightown and we are delighted to get everything approved in time for the New Year.

“We have a number of businesses interested in taking on the commercial units at the site.

“We will be looking to announce these in the near future.

“I feel it’s really important to get the right people on board to help this development flourish.

“For me it’s a bit of a novelty to look out the window and see everything taking place.”

Adeyfield Free Church is a potential partner which will be confirmed as final preparations get the go ahead before building begins in August this year.

The 130 homes on the site will be two blocks of one and two-bedroom apartments.

The development aims to create an attractive area for businesses and employees working in Maylands and follows Dacorum Borough Council’s vision for the area as set out in its 2010 Heart of Maylands Development Brief.

It is also part of Hightown’s commitment to helping to regenerate Hemel Hempstead which includes the redevelopment of a number of former office sites in the town as well as the former Royal Mail site on St Albans Hill.

The development is expected to be completed during the spring of 2017.