‘This will bring in life’

Artist's impression of development on former Royal Mail site in Hemel Hempstead.
Artist's impression of development on former Royal Mail site in Hemel Hempstead.

This artist’s impression shows how the former Royal Mail site in Hemel Hempstead is set to be transformed.

Plans have now been lodged to redevelop the site with 85 homes and a self-storage facility.

Under the scheme the view along St Albans Road is completely altered with a series of pitched and flat roofs with a ‘focal feature’ on the end.

There will be a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments and two and three-bedroom houses for ‘affordable rent’ and ownership, with a new access off Paradise.

David Bogle, chief executive of site owners Hightown housing association, said: “This project will provide a welcome boost to Hemel Hempstead and will improve the approach to the town.

“There is strong demand in Hemel Hempstead for affordable housing for local people. Hightown’s residents will help to bring life back into the town centre, especially during the evenings and when offices are closed.”

Hightown provoked anger when it demolished the depot despite calls from conservationists for it to be preserved because of its architectural value, but the documents respond: “This was a building designed to be functional and introspective, and its inactive frontages contributed little to the civic character and distinctiveness of the town centre.”

Dacorum Borough Council will now make a decision on the plans.