24 New affordable homes in Wheathampstead

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News release: 14 July 2011

David Bogle, Chief Executive of Hightown with the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Aislinn Lee as she cuts the ribbon to officially open the new homes in Wheathampstead, along with, Mary Pedlow, Vice Chair of Hightown

Old School ribbon cutting.jpg – David Bogle, Chief Executive of Hightown with the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Aislinn Lee as she cuts the ribbon to officially open the new homes in Wheathampstead, along with, Mary Pedlow, Vice Chair of Hightown

24 new affordable homes in Wheathampstead, built by local housing association Hightown Praetorian & Churches (Hightown) in partnership with Persimmon Homes, have been officially opened by the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Aislinn Lee.

The affordable homes include seven 2 bedroom houses, eight 3 bedroom houses and two 4 bedroom houses that have been let through St Albans City and District Council’s Choice Based Lettings scheme. The remaining five 2 bedroom houses and two 3 bedroom houses are available for Shared Ownership.

On the outskirts of Wheathampstead, the new development in Old School Drive is an attractive and accessible location off Butterfield Road.

To mark the completion of the project, the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Aislinn Lee visited the site on Wednesday 13th July. At the event she said “Hightown is a very important partner and this new development is providing 24 additional, much needed, affordable homes in the district. The 7 shared ownership homes will hopefully enable some newly qualified professionals to stay and work within St Albans District.”

David Bogle, Chief Executive of Hightown, said: “We are pleased to be able to provide these additional high quality homes, in partnership with St Albans City and District Council.”

Shared ownership from Hightown is an easy and affordable way to buy your own home by purchasing a share in a property (normally between 50% and 75%) and paying subsidised rent on the remaining share. You can buy further shares when you can afford to, until you eventually own the property outright. At Old School Drive the new two bedroom houses start from £122,500 for a 50% share.

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Hightown Praetorian and Churches Housing Association (Hightown)
Hightown is a regional housing association operating principally in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, providing a wide range of housing and support services for families and single people including those with special needs. We are a charitable association aiming to help people who cannot afford to buy or rent housing at market values.

Hightown manages over 3,600 homes, employs over 450 staff, has an annual turnover of over £32 million and a development programme that will deliver nearly 800 new affordable homes over the next three years.

For more information please contact Emma Crump, Communications Manager, on 01442 292391 or email emma.crump@hpcha.org.uk