Ground-breaking proposals to create more social rent homes in Watford

Watford Borough Council has joined forces with Watford Community Housing to deliver much-needed social housing in Watford

Published: Wednesday, 26th September 2018

Watford Borough Council has joined forces with Watford Community Housing to deliver much-needed social housing in Watford, enabling local families most in need to find a permanent and affordable home.  Working together means the two organisations can pool their expertise and resources to provide the best social housing solutions for the town.
The plans for the partnership’s first ground-breaking development have just been announced and would see around 17 high quality homes, with parking, built on a proposed site on Raphael Drive, Watford.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said, “Watford needs more social housing and I’m proud that with this scheme, we can do just that. This is a scheme that will help local Watford families who are currently having to live in temporary accommodation. 
“Unlike many parts of the country, we are seeing a reduction in families in temporary accommodation because of the focus we are giving to solving the housing problem. Making sure that we have  homes for local families is very difficult but we must do all we can to give residents the security of a permanent home.” 
The land proposed for development is currently occupied by Centrepoint Community Centre as well as a local convenience store.  The council, as landowner, has committed to consult with the local community and users of the centre about the proposals overall.  This will involve asking for feedback on areas like the design of the new homes and the community facilities people would like to see included in the development, such as a place for people to meet up and hold events and a community shop.  
Tina Barnard, Chief Executive of Watford Community Housing, said “We are committed to delivering social housing to give local people permanent homes that they can afford. Working in partnership with Watford Borough Council allows us to deliver more new homes and this is one of a number of sites we are currently looking at together, both on the council’s land and our own. At a time when very little social housing is being built elsewhere, we are excited that this partnership puts us in a position to deliver social housing for those most in need.”
Consultation on the proposals will take place over the autumn and the feedback will be considered before the plans progress.

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