A new state-of-the-art social housing complex, which cost £20million to build, has opened in Hatfield.

Minster House, in Minster Close, has 91 one and two-bedroom apartments, and is designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of residents, maximising living space and making the most of natural light.

The complex includes a large outdoor space, allotments, a library, hairdresser and an arts and crafts room. There is also a community lounge and sun room as well as parking, mobility scooter storage and electric charging points.

Lynn Francis is among the new residents moving in, having previously lived in the council-owned housing scheme at Minister Close, which was deemed no longer fit for purpose.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Minster House cost £20 million to build.Minster House cost £20 million to build. (Image: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council)

"For the residents, Minster House will be a new, exciting and happy chapter in our lives," she said.

"I am really looking forward to moving into my new apartment and meeting and mixing with the other residents in the different social spaces that Minister House has to offer.

"Thank you to the Independent Living Team and everyone at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council that has helped residents while Minster House was being built."

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The Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Pankit Shah, leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Councillor Paul Zukowskyj and deputy leader and executive member for housing, Councillor Lynn Chesterman, all attended a special ceremony to mark the opening of Minster House.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: The new complex has 91 apartments.The new complex has 91 apartments. (Image: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council)

Cllr Chesterman added: "I am delighted that Minister House is open.

"The new development really is the future of independent living. I was impressed with the very high standard of finish of features in the apartments such as the contemporary bathrooms and modern adapted kitchens.

"I was also pleased to see that the design of the complex incorporates the latest energy efficient and green technologies for residents. Congratulations to everyone involved in the planning, construction and delivery of this state-of-the-art development."

All the properties at Minster House have been advertised Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's choice-based lettings system, and will be allocated to eligible residents in accordance with their published allocations policy.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Inside the new apartments at Minster House.Inside the new apartments at Minster House. (Image: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council)