A ribbon-cutting event has taken place in Hemel Hempstead to celebrate the opening of a new affordable housing development.
The opening of Hightown Housing’s latest development was attended Sir Mike Penning MP, who declared the homes officially open.
The event was also attended by Councillor Margaret Griffiths, portfolio holder for Housing at Dacorum Borough Council; Hightown’s chair of the board and chief executive; and contractors involved in the construction of the new development.
Poppy and Primrose Court, located on Wood Lane in Hempstead town centre, provides 44 new affordable homes to people in housing need who have been nominated by Dacorum Borough Council.
The development comprises two apartment blocks containing one- and two-bedroom apartments, with on-site parking and green space.
The site was formerly the Top Car Motor Workshop, which was a vehicle mechanics workshop for many years.
Planning permission for the project was granted in October 2018, and construction started in October 2019.
The former owner of the site also attended the ribbon cutting.
This development is one of several projects where Hightown has purchased the land directly and entered into a contract to build the homes.
‘Safe, high quality, affordable housing’
David Bogle, chief executive at Hightown Housing Association, said: “It has been a pleasure working alongside Dacorum Borough Council and the building contractor, Bugler, to deliver this high-quality development in our home town of Hemel Hempstead.
“With welcome support from Homes England, these new homes will provide much-needed affordable housing for local people and families who have been priced out of renting on the open market.”
Sir Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead, added: “There is a real need for safe, high quality, affordable housing, and I am delighted to see Hightown delivering homes such as these which will go to those in housing need in Hemel Hempstead.
“I wish the new residents all the best in their new homes.”
Residents are set to move into their new homes in the coming weeks.
Hightown plans to build around 1,400 homes in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire over the next two years.
Image: Hightown Housing’s Poppy and Primrose Court development in Hemel Hempstead
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