Work to begin on new sheltered housing in Minster Close

Work on 90 new sheltered housing apartments in Minster Close, Hatfield will begin early next month after the build contract was signed with contractors RG Carter this week.

Minster Close

The modern, high-quality one and two bedroom flats, each with a private balcony, will replace the current council-owned older persons housing scheme at Minster Close which has been identified as no longer fit for purpose.

The £20m project will also include a community lounge and sun room, outdoor space for residents as well as parking, mobility scooter storage and electric charging points.

Apartments will be available through the council's Affordable Housing Programme, which has so far delivered over 300 new homes for local people.

Contractors on the site are required to follow strict coronavirus guidelines around social distancing and staggered start and finish times, so the scheme is not expected to be completed until summer 2022

Councillor Nick Pace, Executive Member for Housing and Communities, said:

It's great news that work can begin to transform our sheltered housing scheme in Minster Close into modern, attractive apartments.

All these apartments have been designed specifically with the needs of our older residents in mind. It's important the accommodation supports their health and wellbeing and helps them to live independently. By doing this, we hope to attract tenants who want to downsize, thereby releasing properties to families on our housing needs register.