New council homes unveiled as Welwyn Hatfield celebrates 100 years of social housing

Welwyn Hatfield's newest tenant was presented with the keys to her brand new home in Little Mead, Hatfield as the council marked 100 years of social housing.

100 years of council housing

The award-winning development of seven two and three bedroom homes, built by FSG Property Services, were completed this autumn and have been made available to local people on the council's housing needs register.

 

Councillor Nick Pace presented the keys during an event marking the borough's history of council housing - a century on from the 1919 Addison Act which kick-started the first wave of council house building.

 

New Little Mead tenant, Stacey, said:

I'm really happy to have a lovely modern home for me and my son. I couldn't be more pleased with the quality of the build, and that it's close to my friends and family.

 

The seven houses have been given Gold accreditation by the police initiative Secured By Design in recognition of measures the council has taken to provide security to the buildings and their immediate surroundings in order to offer a safe place to live and visit.

 

Councillors also took a tour of the recently completed developments delivered through the council's Affordable Housing Programme, including Northdown Road (16 flats), Lilac Close (seven houses) and Lime Tree Court (22 flats).

 

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

One hundred years on from the Addison Act which paved the way for a widespread programme of council-built housing, we look forward to many more local residents and their families benefitting from the new, modern social housing we are currently developing through our Affordable Housing Programme.

 

With 300 homes delivered to date - and many more in the pipeline - we are really pleased to use today to showcase everything we're doing to deliver homes for local people.

 

As part of the centenary celebrations, an exhibition at Campus West looks at council housing in the borough over the years, including the recollections of some of Welwyn Hatfield's oldest council tenants.