Our Principles

Much like the work that went into developing the first ambitious Garden Cities and New Towns in the 20th Century, Hemel Garden Communities will be underpinned by the principles of community, quality, sustainability and inclusivity.

  1. Land value capture for the benefit of the community
  2. Strong vision, leadership and community engagement
  3. Community ownership of land and long-term stewardship of assets.
  4. Mixed-tenure homes and housing types that are genuinely affordable
  5. A wide range of local jobs in the Garden City within easy commuting distance of homes
  6. Beautifully and imaginatively designed homes with gardens, combining the best of town and country to create healthy communities, and including opportunities to grow food
  7. Development that enhances the natural environment, providing a comprehensive green infrastructure network and net biodiversity gains, and that uses zero-carbon and energy-positive technology to ensure climate resilience
  8. Strong cultural, recreational and shopping facilities in walkable, vibrant, sociable neighbourhoods
  9. Integrated and accessible transport systems, with walking, cycling and public transport designed to be the most attractive forms of local transport