Spencers Park Phase 2 West represents the first half of 600 unit scheme won with Countryside Partnerships at the end of 2019 via a Homes England disposal process. The process of making the first RM application began in earnest in late summer 2020, and was structured around a comprehensive PPA which saw us needing to win over sceptical case officers and urban designers from two local authorities, and demonstrate a rigorous process of design through carefully designed and clearly explained “Spatial Typologies”(following the terminology of Dacorum’s emerging design guidance, written by Proctor and Matthews). A testing review with senior members of Homes England led to a number of final scheme improvements.
Phase 2 West combines closed panel houses by Stewart Milne with traditionally built apartments. Phase 2 East Reserved Matters will contain a minimum of 20% modular houses (60) and is currently anticipated to start in September with a submission in April 2022.
Spencer’s Park Phase 2 represents a unique opportunity to contribute positively to the vision for Hemel Garden Communities. We see three principal components to this: