New council homes

We're working hard to build new affordable homes in Dacorum. In October 2012, councillors gave the go-ahead to build the first new council homes in the borough for 25 years.

We've already completed several new developments, including homes for social rent in Berkhamsted, Tring and Hemel Hempstead, as well as a 41-bedroom state-of-the-art homeless hostel at The Elms, Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead. We’re making sure that all these properties are designed to high standards and constructed in an eco-friendly way to reduce energy bills for future tenants.

We've also got other developments yet to be completed, including 79 homes in Maylands, Hemel Hempstead and the former site of Martindale School in Hemel Hempstead.

new strategy to build at least 300 new homes between 2013 and 2020 was launched in November 2013.

We're proud to be a member of the Association for Environment Conscious Building. All new housing developments will meet excellent energy efficiency standards.

Completed homes

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  • Farm Place, Berkhamsted
    Photo of Farm Place, Berkhamsted

    The 26 new homes at the Northchurch end of Berkhamsted were handed over to their new tenants in summer 2015.

    The development consists of 12 one-bedroom flats, eight two-bedroom flats and six three-bedroom houses.

    These homes were built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 standard, making them some of the most energy efficient in the borough.

  • St Peter's Court, The Nokes, Gadebridge, Hemel Hempstead
    The Nokes, St. Peter's Court, GadebridgeNine two-bedroom flats were built on the site of a former church. Architects Chambers Goodwin and Partners used an innovative, energy-efficient technique called 'Passivhaus'.

    The building is one of only a handful of developments in the country to be constructed using this technique. 
     
    You can find more information about Passivhaus on the Passivhaus website.
  • The Elms homeless hostel, Hemel Hempstead
    The Elms aerial view

    The Elms is a 41-bed homeless hostel, providing a range of support for some of the most vulnerable households in Dacorum.

    We work closely with Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter (DENS), who were awarded the management agent contract at The Elms. DENS is managing the building and working with us to provide high-quality services to hostel residents.

    The Elms includes a social space where residents can spend time relaxing and interacting with each other, and an IT room in which they can gain qualifications, build their CVs and apply for jobs. This helps them become more independent and employable. There is also an allotment for those who enjoy gardening.

    Residents can be supported by DENS in building independent living skills and finding future homes.

  • Aspen Court, London Road, Apsley
    We have built 13 one-bedroom flats, 23 two-bedroomAspen Court flats and two retail units at Aspen Court, London Road, Apsley. All these homes will be for social rent.
    This development was completed in the summer of 2016.



  • Elizabeth Court, Queen Street, Tring

    Completed Queen Street developmentWe have built four two-bedroom flats and one three-bedroom house for social rent on the site of our former depot in Tring.

    These homes were completed in September 2016 and will provide homes for families in housing need and with a local connection to Tring.


  • Able House, Hemel Hempstead
    Able House

    In the heart of Hemel Hempstead Old Town, this development was built on the site of a former office block. It is providing 14 new flats - four two-bedroom and 10 one-bedroom - for social rent.

    This development was completed in spring 2017.



Homes in development

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  • Former Martindale School site, Hemel Hempstead

    Artist's impression of the new Martindale developmentThe site of this former primary school in Boxted Road will provide around 66 new homes. 

    We are hoping to build a total of 19 one- and two-bedroom flats for social rent, plus 47 two- and three-bedroom houses for a mix of rent and market sale.

    The Flood Risk Assessment and Transport Assessment has now been completed, and an application for planning permission has been submitted.

    We hope to start the main construction of this development in 2018.

  • Wood House, Maylands
    Wood House

    This site is former industrial land in Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead.

    This will consist of 79 one- and two-bedroom flats for social rent and shared ownership. The ground floor will provide additional business offices to the Maylands Business Centre.

    Jarvis Contracting Ltd, the main builder, has begun work on site. We are currently constructing the foundations, which consist of 321 deep piles, and will then construct the concrete frame and floors on these foundations.

    We have installed a time lapse camera on the site so that we can share the progress of this development.

    The project is expected to last around 16 months, with handover due in autumn 2018.

  • Stationers Place, Apsley

    Stationers Place in ApsleyThis project will consist of 31 one- and two-bedroom flats for social rent.

    The development is next to the old Apsley paper mill buildings and the canal.

    Jarvis Contracting Ltd has been appointed as the main contractor on this project and it is currently liaising with the Environment Agency who are responsible for the canal and lock at the rear of the site. This is to establish an agreed process to open up the culvert that runs under the end of the site. Once the detail of this work has been agreed, we will move forward with the development.


  • Swing Gate Lane, Berkhamsted
    Swing Gate Lane in Berkhamsted

    We completed the purchase of this site at the end of May 2016.

    This development will consist of six one-bedroom and three two-bedroom flats. In addition, there is a locally listed building to one side of the site, which will be retained and converted.

    Planning permission has been granted and a contractor appointed. The demolition of some of the existing buildings has now started.