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New homes opened in St Albans

Image shows: The Right Worshipful the Mayor of St Albans City and District with North Hertfordshire Homes Chair, Martin Nurse outside the new social rent homes.


Housing association North Hertfordshire Homes has taken an under-used garage site and transformed it to provide seven new affordable homes in London Colney for local people.

The two flats and five houses have been built on a garage site formerly owned by St Albans City and District Council.

Both the District Council and North Hertfordshire Homes are working together to help address demand for affordable housing  in the area.

At an event on Tuesday [1 August] to mark the homes as "Ready for customers ", the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Cllr Mohammad Iqbal Zia, said: “This development has provided much-needed affordable housing  and made the site more attractive with the addition of a small green area.“

Gavin Cansfield, North Hertfordshire Homes Chief Executive said: "This is another great example of our long standing partnership with St Albans Council. Developing homes for people who are losing out in the housing market is our number one priority and we have been able to provide much needed homes for those who would otherwise struggle to find a place to live. I am especially pleased that there's a mix of social rent and part-buy part-rent so we know that there are some genuinely affordable options for local people."

Cllr Brian Ellis, Housing and Inclusion Portfolio Holder at the District Council, also attended the event. He said: “Dawson Close is the latest example of how the Council is working with partners to re-develop under-utilised garage sites to provide more affordable housing in the District. Since 2013, five other garage sites have been turned into 20 affordable homes. Work is also underway to build 25 homes for social rent across three garage sites in the Batchwood area of the City. In addition, planning permission has been granted to build a further 23 homes at former garage sites at Langley Grove and St Leonards, Sandridge.”

The social rent homes at Dawson Close will be allocated to people on the Council’s Housing Register. The part-buy part-rent homes, known as shared ownership, are now available through the regional Help To Buy website www.helptobuyese.org.uk

North Hertfordshire Homes has already built Rosewood Court in Park Street and Park Side View in Marshalswick as part of the Council’s wider strategy to provide homes for older people and is now working to redevelop underused garage sites into affordable housing.


Published: 4 August 2017