Planning application for 90 new homes approved

The council's Development Management Committee (DMC) yesterday voted to approve the planning application to build 90 new sheltered housing apartments on an existing site in Hatfield.

Minster House

Minster Close, a council-owned older persons housing scheme identified as no longer being fit for purpose, will be transformed into modern, high-quality one and two-bedroom flats for the local community.

The new, larger housing scheme, which will be available through the council's Affordable Housing Programme, will include a community lounge and sun room, outdoor space for residents as well as, parking, mobility scooter storage and electric charging points.

Work will start on the site by summer 2020, and the project - estimated to cost £20m - is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2022.

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

More than a quarter of our residents are over 55 so it is important we are able to provide, attractive modern homes designed around the specific needs of our older generation.

This new accommodation, with its flexible communal spaces indoors and out, will allow residents to live comfortably and independently and could attract tenants who want to downsize, thereby releasing properties to families on our housing needs register.

The Affordable Housing Programme has to date delivered over 300 new homes for local people with many more in the pipeline across Welwyn Hatfield.