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Council acquires land from Homes England

Words: Laura Edgar
Illustration of development / Dacorum Borough Council

Dacorum Borough Council has acquired land from Homes England for affordable housing close to the centre of Hemel Hempstead.

The homes should be built at Paradise Fields on St Albans Road within two years.

The purchase is part of the council’s commitment to improve its offer of affordable rented housing in this area.

Plans comprise developing three low-rise apartment blocks. The “energy efficient” homes will be a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments, and communal parking and landscaped garden facilities will also be provided.  

According to the council, the design of the development “respects the existing external environment and includes carefully designed landscaping that will encourage existing wild habitats to continue to thrive and flourish in their natural environment”.

Margaret Griffiths, deputy leader of the council and portfolio holder for housing, said: “Over the past five years, Dacorum Borough Council has delivered hundreds of new homes to meet housing need across the borough. Paradise Fields is a prime town centre site that will enable more local families to enjoy a home they can be proud of. We are delighted that this purchase will also secure the future of a much-valued green open space for all to enjoy.”

Image credit | Dacorum Borough Council