The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Member of Parliament for Welwyn Hatfield

Grant welcomes 31 new affordable homes in Penn Way, WGC

Grant meets with one of the new residents

Grant was pleased to open 31 brand new homes in Welwyn Garden City last Friday, the result of a partnership between Hightown Praetorian and Churches housing association, Taylor Wimpey, and Welwyn Hatfield Borough council.

At the opening, Grant Shapps MP said “It is important to get the mix right between providing affordable homes to tackle the housing shortage with more private homes which make a development viable, so I am delighted to welcome the residents to their new homes at this fabulous development.” The development will be welcomed by those on the waiting list for housing as well as those looking to get a foot on the property ladder.

Of the 31 new homes, four houses and six apartments have been let through Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s Choice Based Lettings scheme and the other 21 houses and apartments are available for shared ownership.

Hightown’s Chief Executive, David Bogle, said, ‘We are delighted to be involved with this new development in an excellent location in central Welwyn Garden City. This scheme provides much needed affordable housing to Welwyn Hatfield and gives people who have a real housing need the opportunity to get onto the property ladder.”

Councillor Roger Trigg, Executive Member for Housing and Community, said: “This is an excellent new development, positioned centrally in the town that demonstrates this council’s dedication to providing affordable and flexible opportunities for local people.”

Based in Hemel Hempstead, Hightown is on track to build 581 much needed affordable homes for people in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire during 2012 – more new homes than Hightown has ever delivered in one year. Hightown are also working
closely with the council to deliver other new housing developments in the borough.





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