St Albans City and District Council has just built two new houses, the first affordable homes to be completed by the local authority in a generation.
The two-bedroomed homes have been built on behalf of the Council on the site of a former bungalow in Kings Road, London Colney. The project represents a £300,000 investment by the Council.
The homes will be rented out to people in housing need who are on the Housing Register.
Cllr Brian Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Housing at St Albans City and District Council, said: “This is the first time in more than 20 years that the Council has managed the building of new homes to add to its affordable housing stock. There is a great demand for affordable housing in the District. So we are constantly looking for innovative ways to increase the number of homes for people in housing need.
“To help cater for this demand, the Council is building homes again. The homes in London Colney are the first to be completed. The Council is also building 24 new affordable homes across three disused garage sites in Batchwood at a cost of £6m. Once built, these homes will also be added to the Council’s housing stock.”
As part of its strategy to increase affordable housing in the District, the Council is also working with housing associations. This can involve the Council transferring suitable sites, including disused garages and old sheltered housing, to housing associations for them to redevelop into modern homes. The Council in return acquires the right to nominate tenants from the Housing Register to occupy the new homes.
In recent years, the Council has also bought properties to add to its affordable housing stock. These have been refurbished and rented out to people on the Housing Register.
Cllr Brian Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Housing at St Albans City and District Council
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More information about the redevelopment of disused garage sites at Batchwood is available on the Council’s website.
Back of the houses at Kings Road