Planning application submitted to build 90 new homes

A planning application to build 90 new sheltered housing apartments has been submitted.

Minster Close

The application is to transform Minster Close, an existing council-owned older persons housing scheme, consisting of flats and bungalows, which was identified as no longer being fit for purpose. The new, larger housing scheme will provide more modern homes, which will be available through the council's Affordable Housing Programme.


Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has awarded a Pre-construction Services Agreement to R G Carter. Work is expected to start on the site in summer 2020, and the project - estimated to cost £20m - is expected to be completed at the end of 2021.


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

We're committed to delivering new, modern homes for our residents that are suitable now and fit for future generations.


This accommodation could attract residents looking to downsize from larger homes, releasing those properties to families on our housing needs register.


Dean Hall, Director for R G Carter, said:

We are delighted to be partnering with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to transform Minster Close into high quality sheltered housing for the local community.


The Affordable Housing Programme has to date delivered over 200 new homes for local people with many more in the pipeline across Welwyn Hatfield.


Residents can view and comment on the planning application online at: