New estate will come to Hemel

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UP to 900 homes are destined to be built to the west of Hemel Hempstead under new housing plans.

Under proposals agreed by council chiefs on Tuesday night the equivalent of a new estate would be built somewhere between Chaulden and Gadebridge.

In total around 11,300 homes are to be built in the borough over the next 20 years – the equivalent of 430 a year.

A packed meeting of Dacorum Borough Council’s cabinet heard from a number of people angry at the level of housing.

A further 300 homes are planned at Marchmont Farm, off the Link Road near Grovehill, and another 80 at Cherry Bounce in the old town.

Jeanette Corfield told councillors the land at Cherry Bounce was used ‘for recreational purposes’.

“We all fully appreciate the need for more housing but at what cost?” she said. “The visual impact will be devastating.”

Leader of the council Andrew Williams said: “We have heard concerns about the numbers but we have always sought to reduce the level of development.”

The plans will now be presented to a full meeting of the council for final approval.

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