Thirty affordable new homes built in West Watford

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First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Thirty affordable new homes are to be built in West Watford.

Watford Community Housing Trust has agreed to provide 31 homes for affordable and social rent as part of a new housing development at Rembrandt House.

Each of the new homes will have at least one dedicated parking space and there will be 15 additional visitor spaces.

Tina Barnard, chief executive of Watford Community Housing Trust, said: "We are excited to be part of this development.

"It will not only provide more affordable homes for the people who desperately need them, but will also restore Rembrandt House to give this important local landmark a new lease of life."

The new venture will be the trust’s third development in West Watford.

It completed 16 new homes in Croxley View earlier this year, and has been granted planning permission for nine flats in Moor View off Vicarage Road.

The trust has a target of building 500 new homes in Watford and Three Rivers by 2017.

The development at Rembrandt House is being led by Shanly Homes.

It will see a total of 107 homes built on part of the former industrial site, while the historic Rembrandt House building will be refurbished for business use.

Amer Alkhalil, managing director of Shanly Homes for North London, said: "The development of Rembrandt House will provide much-needed homes for local people across a mix of tenures and we look forward to working with Watford Community Housing Trust in the delivery of this project."

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3:38pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Wacko Jacko says...

Well done WCHT
Well done WCHT Wacko Jacko
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4:19pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Boosey says...

Affordable for who exactly? How much does an affordable house cost and will they go to the workers?
Affordable for who exactly? How much does an affordable house cost and will they go to the workers? Boosey
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4:42pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Wacko Jacko says...

Boosey wrote:
Affordable for who exactly? How much does an affordable house cost and will they go to the workers?
Ask WCHT, I believe affordable means they'd be let at around two thirds to three quarters of normal market rents.
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: Affordable for who exactly? How much does an affordable house cost and will they go to the workers?[/p][/quote]Ask WCHT, I believe affordable means they'd be let at around two thirds to three quarters of normal market rents. Wacko Jacko
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12:05am Sat 26 Apr 14

Andrew1963 says...

A third off the normal rent is a good deal, but it makes you realise how inflated private rents are if a housing association can make a return on investment and rent a 2 bed flat for £659 a month compared to £1,000. Rembrandt house is not a particularly noteworthy building. Not as architecturally important as WEMCO or the old SUN printers building.
A third off the normal rent is a good deal, but it makes you realise how inflated private rents are if a housing association can make a return on investment and rent a 2 bed flat for £659 a month compared to £1,000. Rembrandt house is not a particularly noteworthy building. Not as architecturally important as WEMCO or the old SUN printers building. Andrew1963
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10:36am Sat 26 Apr 14

Reader (R) says...

Affordable rents are set at 80% of the market value so affordability depends largely on where you live.

In some of the less favoured areas of London you will need an income of 35k and in the best (Westminster) you will need an income of 109k.

Affordable housing is definitely affordable if you have the income.
Affordable rents are set at 80% of the market value so affordability depends largely on where you live. In some of the less favoured areas of London you will need an income of 35k and in the best (Westminster) you will need an income of 109k. Affordable housing is definitely affordable if you have the income. Reader (R)
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10:48am Sat 26 Apr 14

LocalBoy1 says...

The trust has a target of building 500 new homes in Watford and Three Rivers by 2017. Why does it have a target? Who said it must? Brussels and the EU dictators? Are these homes REALLY going to be for LOCAL people who need affordable housing? Or the expected quota of immigrants?
The trust has a target of building 500 new homes in Watford and Three Rivers by 2017. Why does it have a target? Who said it must? Brussels and the EU dictators? Are these homes REALLY going to be for LOCAL people who need affordable housing? Or the expected quota of immigrants? LocalBoy1
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9:11am Mon 28 Apr 14

garston tony says...

Its not the trusts fault that housing is so expensive around here but 'affordable' is still a relative term.

There are unfortunately plenty of people out there who fall in the gap between being able to get social housing and being able to afford to rent buy in the private sector and I feel particularly for that group. I'm talking young individuals/couples who are working and supporting themselves by the way but who may not be on a high income.

For me thats made worse when you see that social housing is sometimes given to those that could but dont even try to stand on their own two feet
Its not the trusts fault that housing is so expensive around here but 'affordable' is still a relative term. There are unfortunately plenty of people out there who fall in the gap between being able to get social housing and being able to afford to rent buy in the private sector and I feel particularly for that group. I'm talking young individuals/couples who are working and supporting themselves by the way but who may not be on a high income. For me thats made worse when you see that social housing is sometimes given to those that could but dont even try to stand on their own two feet garston tony
  • Score: 2

12:35pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Smile_be_happy says...

I fall into that grey area, earn too much to get help to buy and not enough to buy a property. I have worked hard from the age of 16 and have a good solid career. However, my partner and I will have to rent for the foreseeable future or move away from all of our friends and family to an area where property is cheaper. I dont think the government understand how difficult it has become for my generation, I have many friends that are in the same situation, its no surprise that people scam on benefits or lie to get council rented accodomodation! (for clarify I do not fall into that catergory). We have no secuirty in renting, as the landlord could sell at any point. Cannot do much home improvement and its just throwing money down the drain. Not even allowed a pet!! More importantly, with all our money going into savings, marrige and children are on the back burner. The government are trying promote/encourage young people to get married, but the cost to get married is a joke and who wants to bring a child into the world when you struggle to look after yourselves from month to month . A lot more needs to be done to help young people get onto the property ladder. When a mortgage is almost double your monthly rent - you are kind of stuck. So in summary, articles like this make me laugh, affordable housing does not exist unless you want to buy a one bedroom flea ridden bedsit and co-habit for the rest of your life. I have come to the conclusion that if I ever own a property it will be because I was left money following the death of a relative or win the lottery (not that I have enough money to play)!!
I fall into that grey area, earn too much to get help to buy and not enough to buy a property. I have worked hard from the age of 16 and have a good solid career. However, my partner and I will have to rent for the foreseeable future or move away from all of our friends and family to an area where property is cheaper. I dont think the government understand how difficult it has become for my generation, I have many friends that are in the same situation, its no surprise that people scam on benefits or lie to get council rented accodomodation! (for clarify I do not fall into that catergory). We have no secuirty in renting, as the landlord could sell at any point. Cannot do much home improvement and its just throwing money down the drain. Not even allowed a pet!! More importantly, with all our money going into savings, marrige and children are on the back burner. The government are trying promote/encourage young people to get married, but the cost to get married is a joke and who wants to bring a child into the world when you struggle to look after yourselves from month to month . A lot more needs to be done to help young people get onto the property ladder. When a mortgage is almost double your monthly rent - you are kind of stuck. So in summary, articles like this make me laugh, affordable housing does not exist unless you want to buy a one bedroom flea ridden bedsit and co-habit for the rest of your life. I have come to the conclusion that if I ever own a property it will be because I was left money following the death of a relative or win the lottery (not that I have enough money to play)!! Smile_be_happy
  • Score: 2

1:02pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Paul Gadd says...

Smile_be_happy wrote:
I fall into that grey area, earn too much to get help to buy and not enough to buy a property. I have worked hard from the age of 16 and have a good solid career. However, my partner and I will have to rent for the foreseeable future or move away from all of our friends and family to an area where property is cheaper. I dont think the government understand how difficult it has become for my generation, I have many friends that are in the same situation, its no surprise that people scam on benefits or lie to get council rented accodomodation! (for clarify I do not fall into that catergory). We have no secuirty in renting, as the landlord could sell at any point. Cannot do much home improvement and its just throwing money down the drain. Not even allowed a pet!! More importantly, with all our money going into savings, marrige and children are on the back burner. The government are trying promote/encourage young people to get married, but the cost to get married is a joke and who wants to bring a child into the world when you struggle to look after yourselves from month to month . A lot more needs to be done to help young people get onto the property ladder. When a mortgage is almost double your monthly rent - you are kind of stuck. So in summary, articles like this make me laugh, affordable housing does not exist unless you want to buy a one bedroom flea ridden bedsit and co-habit for the rest of your life. I have come to the conclusion that if I ever own a property it will be because I was left money following the death of a relative or win the lottery (not that I have enough money to play)!!
Used to be in a similiar position......either you hope for a huge promotion at work- loads of £££s or go on benefits- no £££s
Situation not helped by the Con-dems bussing the London housing benefit crowd to our town
[quote][p][bold]Smile_be_happy[/bold] wrote: I fall into that grey area, earn too much to get help to buy and not enough to buy a property. I have worked hard from the age of 16 and have a good solid career. However, my partner and I will have to rent for the foreseeable future or move away from all of our friends and family to an area where property is cheaper. I dont think the government understand how difficult it has become for my generation, I have many friends that are in the same situation, its no surprise that people scam on benefits or lie to get council rented accodomodation! (for clarify I do not fall into that catergory). We have no secuirty in renting, as the landlord could sell at any point. Cannot do much home improvement and its just throwing money down the drain. Not even allowed a pet!! More importantly, with all our money going into savings, marrige and children are on the back burner. The government are trying promote/encourage young people to get married, but the cost to get married is a joke and who wants to bring a child into the world when you struggle to look after yourselves from month to month . A lot more needs to be done to help young people get onto the property ladder. When a mortgage is almost double your monthly rent - you are kind of stuck. So in summary, articles like this make me laugh, affordable housing does not exist unless you want to buy a one bedroom flea ridden bedsit and co-habit for the rest of your life. I have come to the conclusion that if I ever own a property it will be because I was left money following the death of a relative or win the lottery (not that I have enough money to play)!![/p][/quote]Used to be in a similiar position......either you hope for a huge promotion at work- loads of £££s or go on benefits- no £££s Situation not helped by the Con-dems bussing the London housing benefit crowd to our town Paul Gadd
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3:36pm Mon 28 Apr 14

garston tony says...

Paul Gadd wrote:
Smile_be_happy wrote: I fall into that grey area, earn too much to get help to buy and not enough to buy a property. I have worked hard from the age of 16 and have a good solid career. However, my partner and I will have to rent for the foreseeable future or move away from all of our friends and family to an area where property is cheaper. I dont think the government understand how difficult it has become for my generation, I have many friends that are in the same situation, its no surprise that people scam on benefits or lie to get council rented accodomodation! (for clarify I do not fall into that catergory). We have no secuirty in renting, as the landlord could sell at any point. Cannot do much home improvement and its just throwing money down the drain. Not even allowed a pet!! More importantly, with all our money going into savings, marrige and children are on the back burner. The government are trying promote/encourage young people to get married, but the cost to get married is a joke and who wants to bring a child into the world when you struggle to look after yourselves from month to month . A lot more needs to be done to help young people get onto the property ladder. When a mortgage is almost double your monthly rent - you are kind of stuck. So in summary, articles like this make me laugh, affordable housing does not exist unless you want to buy a one bedroom flea ridden bedsit and co-habit for the rest of your life. I have come to the conclusion that if I ever own a property it will be because I was left money following the death of a relative or win the lottery (not that I have enough money to play)!!
Used to be in a similiar position......either you hope for a huge promotion at work- loads of £££s or go on benefits- no £££s Situation not helped by the Con-dems bussing the London housing benefit crowd to our town
I really feel for you Smile, every generation gets hit that bit worse and those in the middle like you get squeezed the most.

Ever increasing prices is not the preserve of the lib/dem government, the situation was no better under Labour and at least the current government has taken steps to prevent living off the state (including housing) being a life style choice which should help releave some of the pressure from people like Smile.

One solution would be to get firms to base themselves away from London, in this day and age where there are multiple airports around the country that have flights to and from abroad plus decent infrastructure and the digital age making easier to be based pretty much anywhere there isnt the need for companies to insist on being based in London.

If they moved out in significant numbers then the pressure on housing in the south east would decrease. Yes house prices would go up elsewhere but if they spread out hopefully not to the insane proportions of around here
[quote][p][bold]Paul Gadd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Smile_be_happy[/bold] wrote: I fall into that grey area, earn too much to get help to buy and not enough to buy a property. I have worked hard from the age of 16 and have a good solid career. However, my partner and I will have to rent for the foreseeable future or move away from all of our friends and family to an area where property is cheaper. I dont think the government understand how difficult it has become for my generation, I have many friends that are in the same situation, its no surprise that people scam on benefits or lie to get council rented accodomodation! (for clarify I do not fall into that catergory). We have no secuirty in renting, as the landlord could sell at any point. Cannot do much home improvement and its just throwing money down the drain. Not even allowed a pet!! More importantly, with all our money going into savings, marrige and children are on the back burner. The government are trying promote/encourage young people to get married, but the cost to get married is a joke and who wants to bring a child into the world when you struggle to look after yourselves from month to month . A lot more needs to be done to help young people get onto the property ladder. When a mortgage is almost double your monthly rent - you are kind of stuck. So in summary, articles like this make me laugh, affordable housing does not exist unless you want to buy a one bedroom flea ridden bedsit and co-habit for the rest of your life. I have come to the conclusion that if I ever own a property it will be because I was left money following the death of a relative or win the lottery (not that I have enough money to play)!![/p][/quote]Used to be in a similiar position......either you hope for a huge promotion at work- loads of £££s or go on benefits- no £££s Situation not helped by the Con-dems bussing the London housing benefit crowd to our town[/p][/quote]I really feel for you Smile, every generation gets hit that bit worse and those in the middle like you get squeezed the most. Ever increasing prices is not the preserve of the lib/dem government, the situation was no better under Labour and at least the current government has taken steps to prevent living off the state (including housing) being a life style choice which should help releave some of the pressure from people like Smile. One solution would be to get firms to base themselves away from London, in this day and age where there are multiple airports around the country that have flights to and from abroad plus decent infrastructure and the digital age making easier to be based pretty much anywhere there isnt the need for companies to insist on being based in London. If they moved out in significant numbers then the pressure on housing in the south east would decrease. Yes house prices would go up elsewhere but if they spread out hopefully not to the insane proportions of around here garston tony
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3:53pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Cuetip says...

107 homes here, 750 homes on 'wealth campus' all coming with affordable prices for landlords to ram people in like sardines and the ever lengthening queues for services eg has nearby Chaters school got any places for these families?
107 homes here, 750 homes on 'wealth campus' all coming with affordable prices for landlords to ram people in like sardines and the ever lengthening queues for services eg has nearby Chaters school got any places for these families? Cuetip
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