As part of Dacorum Borough Councils ongoing commitment to deliver much-needed affordable housing, DBC are working on plans to redevelop the Paradise Depot site, off St Albans Road in Hemel Hempstead.
It is proposed that the current site – which currently contains the food bank, depot and offices run by local homeless charity DENS – will be redeveloped to accommodate 56 apartments, with a mix of one- and two-bedroom homes, and a new centre for DENS.
The new building will provide a modern space, allowing DENS to continue to deliver essential community services, such as the food bank, alongside other services.
As a result of the planned development, DENS’ food bank will be relocating to a temporary site at Dacre House on Hillfield Road for the next few years.
Wendy Lewington, CEO at DENS, said: “We are most grateful to Dacorum Borough Council for its full support in enabling this project to go ahead. The DENS Centre will bring together a number of our community-based services into one building, giving local people easier and quicker access to our services and the support they may need.
“The Community Café will provide training opportunities for our clients and local vulnerable adults, whilst providing nutritious and affordable café-style meals for the community. Our aim is for the DENS Centre to become a real community hub in the heart of this new development where people can access support, visit our food bank or just meet for a cuppa and a chat.
“We look forward to continuing to work with our partners at Dacorum Borough Council on this new and exciting development.”
The redevelopment proposal responds to the desire to regenerate brownfield sites locally and residents living in the new homes will be able to take advantage of its central location with close proximity to amenities, open public spaces and transport links.
Cllr Margaret Griffiths, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “It is great to be working on this redevelopment project with DENS. Together we both provide invaluable support to some of the most vulnerable people in our community and this project will provide the charity with fantastic facilities while enabling us to provide more affordable new homes in Dacorum for those who need them most.”
The planning application has been submitted and the formal consultation process with local residents will begin shortly.
Published on: November 23, 2021