Representatives from Watford Community Housing, contracting partner Jarvis and local authority Watford Borough Council gathered recently for a topping out ceremony to celebrate a new development at Hemming Way in Watford reaching its highest point.
The development will deliver 32 new affordable homes, comprising of 29 homes for affordable rent and three homes for social rent. There are also additional works taking place to improve the look and accessibility of the surrounding area.
After receiving planning permission in January 2016, this latest milestone sees the development on course for completion in early 2018. In the early stages of the redevelopment, local residents were consulted about the changes they would like to see. As a result, the area will include more parking spaces and the entrance to Leavesden Green Park will be redesigned, with an improved look that will enhance the local area and result in a more easily accessible pathway for general use.
Working in partnership with Watford Borough Council has been key to the success of the development, with both parties working collaboratively to bring to fruition both the new homes and the newly landscaped entrance to Leavesden Green Park.
Richard Winfield, Watford Community Housing’s Project Manager for Hemming Way, said: “We’re really pleased with the way the development is progressing, with positive feedback from our partners, our contractors and local residents. The redevelopment of the whole area, including the reworked landscape of the green areas and the park entrance, will bring a new lease of life to Hemming Way, as well as providing much-needed homes.”
As part of the ceremony, Stephen Johnson, Councillor for Tudor Ward and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Property, laid a ceremonial brick to mark the occasion. He said: “I’m really impressed by the development at Hemming Way. These much-needed affordable homes will go a long way for people in the community, and will help to give a new look and feel to the area.
“Watford Community Housing act as important local partners to Watford Borough Council, and they do great work in helping us to meet the housing need in the wider Watford area. This new development is no exception, and I can’t wait for it to be finished so people can move into their new, modern homes.”
Watford Community Housing is committed to delivering much-needed affordable homes, and aims to have built its 1,000th new home by 2020.