Hatfield flats rebuilt after arson attack

PUBLISHED: 17:23 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:59 26 October 2009

How the WHT reported the blaze

How the WHT reported the blaze

FLATS destroyed when a huge fire ripped through them have been rebuilt. The partially-constructed blocks on Lemsford Road, Hatfield, were burnt to the ground on a Saturday afternoon in August 2007. More than 50 firefighters battled the

The new flats at Lemsford Road

FLATS destroyed when a huge fire ripped through them have been rebuilt.

The partially-constructed blocks on Lemsford Road, Hatfield, were burnt to the ground on a Saturday afternoon in August 2007.

More than 50 firefighters battled the flames as residents ran from surrounding homes.

The arson attack put the £9m project back, but the 84 flats are now ready six months after the original completion date.

There are 28 shared ownership, 10 for key workers and the remaining 46 available to rent

The block was built thanks to a joint scheme between Welwyn Hatfield Council, the then Housing Corporation (now Homes and Communities Agency) and the Metropolitan Housing Group, which owns the site.

Borough councillor Roger Trigg, responsible for housing, said: "We are delighted to have completed this project and to have the homes let so quickly.

"This mix reflects the local housing need and offers a great opportunity for those looking to get on the housing ladder.

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