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Work starts on first council homes in Welwyn Hatfield for 25 years

Work starts on first council homes in Welwyn Hatfield for 25 years

Mears New Homes has marked the start of construction of the first council homes to be built in the borough of Welwyn Hatfield for a generation in a ground-breaking event.Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Patricia Mabbott, and Councillor Mandy Perkins lead the ground breaking (very professionally) with our excavator.The properties are the first council homes to be built in the borough for 25 years and will be built on a disused brownfield site in Garden Avenue, Hatfield.A total of 22 new homes will be built, consisting of 15 two bedroom apartments and seven one bedroom apartments. All of the properties will be available for an affordable rent tenure.The flats will include a range of energy-saving features and provide much-needed affordable homes for residents on the council’s housing register.Councillor Mandy Perkins, Executive Member for Planning, Housing and Community, said: “These properties are part of a new generation of council housing that will provide local families on lower incomes with high quality new homes.“I am particularly pleased they will be energy efficient, so residents can save on fuel costs. I very much look forward to seeing the transformation of this site progress over the coming months.”Tim Carpenter, Managing Director of Mears New Homes, said: “We are very excited to be starting work on building brand new council homes for Hatfield. This is a great use for the site and we look forward to it being developed so we can welcome new residents into their affordable homes.”Construction is expected to be complete by Autumn 2017.