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I was really excited to hear about the success of our bid for funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). This will support our growing programme of new homes to meet the need for affordable housing in Watford & Three Rivers.
The Affordable Homes Guarantee Programme 2013-16 has awarded us £1.15m for new homes and this will contribute significantly to our growth plans in the coming years. This means that we will be partnering directly with the HCA in making affordable housing a priority and in turn helps us with our target of 500 new homes for Watford & Three Rivers by 2017.
With so much development taking place, last week I decided to visit Croxley View to have a look at the site where we are currently building 16 houses and flats on former garage sites. These properties will be a mix of social and affordable rent and is coming along really well. We are aiming to have the units completed and new residents move in ready for Christmas – can you believe that is only a few months away.
With the site progressing really quickly, the first of our apprentices from our Community Maintenance Team have now started working there, with a total of six trainee carpenters and plasterers gaining two weeks paid work experience to compliment the NVQ courses they are undertaking with West Herts College. I shall definitely make sure I go back at Christmas and see the new homes when they have been completed.
Another site we are currently developing is at 1-5 Clarendon Road (above Pret) where we are building 21 one and two bed flats, which will be available for market rent. This means that you don’t have to be on the council housing waiting list to be able to rent one of these properties, which will each come with an allocated parking space. Completion is due early next year (end of January) and people can register their interest by contacting our New Business Team on 01923 209288.
As you can see it’s a really busy time for us and with lots of development taking place, we will be giving you regular updates.
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