Hightown gets green light on new development

Hightown Housing Association  has been given the go-ahead by Dacorum Borough Council to build 33 new affordable homes close to Hemel Hempstead town centre.

The site is on Midland Road and minutes away from shops, buses and local parks, so is in a convenient location for residents.

The new homes will revitalise two existing office floors, as well as two new additional stories, and provide 33 one-and-two bedroom apartments. The homes will all go to people in housing need on the council’s waiting list.

The current appearance of the Charter Court building will completely change, with new brick cladding, revised window positions and the top floor and central column of the building utilising a metal cladding system.

Hightown aims to tender the build contract in January 2020, with construction expected to start in summer 2020 and completed by the end of 2021.

This development will provide 100% affordable rented homes, supported by grant from Homes England.

Hightown is one of the fastest growing housing associations in the UK having built over 1,000 homes in the last two years. The Charter Court project will play a key role in Hightown’s plans to build a further 1,000 homes across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire in the next two years.

Other current Hightown developments in Hemel Hempstead include 87 homes at Peregrine Close (off Swallowdale Lane) due for completion by January 2020 as well as 44 homes at the former TopCar site on Wood Lane.

Andrew Royall, Development Director for Hightown, said: “We’re pleased to have gained planning permission for this development as it will help us to continue to provide much-needed affordable homes to residents in Hemel Hempstead and meet local housing needs. With the development being so close to the town centre, we expect it to prove popular with residents.”

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