Dacorum Borough Council has marked the completion of six new council homes in Tring.
The homes are a mixture of two- and three-bedroom houses, providing much needed housing for social rent in the sought after village of Wilstone. One house is fully accessible.
The homes are on under-used Council land and are designed to complement the surrounding properties. They are energy-efficient and feature photovoltaic panels, electric air source heat pump heating/hot water and increased insulation. Each home has an electric charger point and a private parking bay.
Councillors, members of the housing team, representatives from Life Build Solutions, Project Managers BPM Ltd and Architects Kyle Smart Associates attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday 18th October. New tenants attended the opening including Linda James who cut the ribbon with Cllr Simy Dhyani.
Linda said: “Our home is beautiful and built to a very high standard. Already, the extra space is making a huge difference to our everyday family life. It’s so lovely to have a garden now for my son. We look forward to spending many happy years here.”
Cllr Simy Dhyani, Dacorum Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Property Services, said: “Homes in Dacorum’s villages have become unattainable for most local families and we’re pleased that Wilstone will once again welcome new Council tenants in an otherwise unaffordable area. The development means that housing applicants with local connection have a chance to live close to family. This development is also a wonderful example of listening to the local community. We addressed existing residents’ concerns about parking by providing an extra eight visitor parking spaces available for everyone’s use.”
Ken Adams, Managing Director of Life Build Solutions commented: “We are delighted to have built a bond and partnership with Dacorum Borough Council and a real team spirit. I have visited the families and am delighted that the new tenants are proud of their new homes.”
David Barrett, Dacorum Borough Council’s Assistant Director for Strategic Housing and Planning said: “This development shows our commitment to building high quality, sustainable energy efficient homes. This project is a great example of taking a plot of under-used land and transforming it into affordable homes for our residents.”
Cllr Simy Dhyani and tenant Linda James cut the ribbon at the official opening of the Wilstone development with representatives from Dacorum Borough Council, Life Build Solutions, Project Managers BPM Ltd and Architects Kyle Smart Associates