Welwyn Hatfield hosts housing leaders to talk new homes

Visitors from across the housing sector were welcomed to Welwyn Hatfield today (Friday, 18 October) as part of a Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) programme to celebrate 100 years of council house building.

CIH conference

The gathering at Campus West focused on how councils and housing associations can work more closely together to deliver affordable housing in their local communities, including an introductory speech by Terrie Alafat CBE, the Chief Executive of the CIH.

The council was represented by Simone Russell, Corporate Director, who guided visitors through the Welwyn Hatfield experience of delivering new council homes. It comes in the week that Inside Housing magazine ranked the authority 34th in their list of councils with the most ambitious building programmes.

Terrie Alafat CBE, Chief Executive of the CIH, said:

It was great to see today how, 100 years on, houses built under the influence of the Addison Act continue to provide affordable homes. More than ever, partnerships are key to delivering the homes we need, and I was very encouraged to see how Welwyn Hatfield council is working with housing associations and the communities they all serve to reinvigorate council house building.

The day concluded with a tour around WGC to look at the borough's first ever council homes and the Daily Mail Model Village, built in 1922 off Handside Lane.