Plans for 207 apartments based in the heart of Hemel Hempstead have been given the green light by borough planners.
The new homes, approved at Dacorum Borough Council’s development control committee last night (Thursday), will overlook the River Gade.
This will make a powerful contribution to regeneration in Hemel HempsteadTim Holmes
One third of the apartments will be allocated to affordable housing.
The development will form part of the regeneration plans taking place in the Gade Zone area of the town under an agreement between Dacorum Borough Council and its private sector partners - Endurance Estates and RG Carter.
The Gade Zone, which is part of the Hemel Evolution programme, covers land currently occupied by the closed magistrates court, the police station and library, as well as Market Square.
Endurance Estates director Tim Holmes said: “We can now start the process of identifying and appointing a housebuilding partner to help deliver the scheme on the ground.
“Along with the other works already started, this will make a powerful contribution to regeneration in Hemel Hempstead and a positive impact on the town.”
The new flats will sit alongside the borough’s planned new modern, energy-efficient shared services hub called the Forum, which will bring public and voluntary sector partners together.
Plans are also being made for a private-funded leisure complex on Market Square, including a multi-screen cinema.