Opening event celebrates completion of new homes in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 14:01 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:01 07 November 2016

Mayor Pat Mabbott and member of Welwyn Garden City Housing Association board of directors Graham Lale with resident Cheryl-Anne Cowley and her son Harrison

Mayor Pat Mabbott and member of Welwyn Garden City Housing Association board of directors Graham Lale with resident Cheryl-Anne Cowley and her son Harrison

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Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council held an opening event to celebrate the completion of 17 new homes, which are available to rent.

Mayor Pat Mabbott meets resident Cheryl-Anne Cowley and her son HarrisonMayor Pat Mabbott meets resident Cheryl-Anne Cowley and her son Harrison

The council, in partnership with Welwyn Garden City Housing Association, developed former garage sites into housing for residents.

At the event on Friday, November 4, a minibus picked up guests outside Campus East and took them on a tour which visited the six sites that 17 new homes have been built on, four of which are in Hatfield and two are in Welwyn Garden City.

The properties consist of three two-bedroom bungalows, two three-bedroom houses and 12 two-bedroom houses.

The tour stopped at Maple Grove, Welwyn Garden City, so attendees could view inside one of the new houses.

Mandy Perkins, executive member for planning, housing and community, said: “We are committed to providing affordable, high quality homes to our residents and to working with partners to ensure we deliver on this pledge.

“It was particularly good to speak with local families who have benefited from these new homes and hear what a difference it’s made in their lives.”

The borough council has partnered with Welwyn Garden City Housing Association again to develop a further 24 affordable housing units on former local authority-owned garage sites.

The council’s affordable housing programme has so far delivered 87 homes, with a further 66 homes either with planning permission or in construction.

Reg Bek, chief executive at Welwyn Garden City Housing Association Ltd, said:

“The provision of high quality housing is our priority and these new homes will help address the shortage of affordable housing in Welwyn Hatfield.”

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