£4million for new Welwyn Hatfield homes

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 September 2018

Welwyn Hatfield Council is hoping to bring new homes to Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield. Picture: DANNY LOO

Welwyn Hatfield Council is hoping to bring new homes to Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield. Picture: DANNY LOO

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More than £4million could soon be on its way to develop new homes at two sites across Welwyn Hatfield.

Welwyn Hatfield Council submitted a number of sites to be considered for the government’s Accelerated Construction Programme last year.

And now the council has learned that at least two sites will be included in a funding offer of more than £4million, although it is not yet known which two sites.

Officials from the council and from Homes England are still working on the exact details of the agreement and funding package.

But at the crux will be the use of ‘modern methods of construction’, which can mean larger amounts of construction happen off-site and building is quicker.

“This is a very exciting step towards unlocking the potential of key sites and breathing new life into our town centres and local economy,” said councillor Duncan Bell, executive member for resources.

“We still have work to do to agree the funding arrangements, but discussions are progressing well, and we hope to be at a stage soon where work can start on developing plans.”

At a meeting of the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday members were briefed on the progress of the bid – and agreed, in principle, to accept the funding.

Launched in January 2017, the Accelerated Construction Programme is designed to help councils develop their land for housing, promote ‘modern methods of construction’ and build more homes faster.

The council put forward sites in Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City town centre last year.

And now, after evaluation by technical consultants, the council has been told that at least two of the suggested sites are to receive the funding.

It is expected that the funds - which can be used for design development, site preparation or construction – will be used for design work.

The selected projects are said to be at an early development stage and would be subject to planning approval.

And once the design stage is complete details of the regeneration schemes would be outlined to Cabinet.

According to the report the funding would have to be used by March 2021, with core delivery milestones expected to form part of the funding agreement.

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