By Chloe Sladden Turner
The Accelerated Construction Programme created by the government has seen the Welwyn Hatfield council, gain £10.6m after being the first local authority to take part in the programme, by signing its grant agreement; according to a Welwyn Hatfield Times article by Andrew Brookes.
This funding that comes from Homes England funding, is to be used on a site in Welwyn Garden City and two at the Hatfield town centre, which makes a total of three sites. The development for each site will have a 30% target per cent of affordable homes and the first site (found at Hatfield town centre) is due to begin in June.
£10.6m in funding will be split into two and spent on two projects. The first is the development and expansion for plans that are already existing, regarding the site, located in between the Welwyn Garden City bus station and John Lewis.
This site will be 14 acres and for the town centre north site, that is to be spent on, coming to a total of £6.1m as part of the grant.
The second is putting plans for public spaces, restaurants, new homes and shops, forward in terms of planning. These will be at the 1 and 3-9 town centre, which will come to £3.6m, and plans to develop Link Drive’s new homes, which will come to a total of £752,760.
It makes the overall total for the second part of the council’s plans for the grant, to £4.5m.
Tony Kinhsbury, Leader for Welwyn Hatfield Council, has said: “We are really proud to be the first local authority to secure funding from this programme.
“The schemes will not only deliver much needed new homes for the area, but will also bring increased footfall to our town centres and support the local economy to thrive.”
Modern Construction methods will be used to decrease any disruption onsite for areas in the town centre, while the delivery will speed up for new homes to be built.
Accelerated Construction programme – the reason for the council’s grant money – launched by the government will see local authority housing schemes be delivered quicker.
Innovative construction methods will be encouraged and seeing medium and local companies have a wider range, regarding workers.
Stephen Kinsella, Executive Director for Homes England, commented that: “The funding will enable Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to develop their ambitious proposals for these three sites and will help to deliver much needed new homes for local people.
“The plans will prioritise the use of modern methods of construction including panellised and hybrid construction which will reduce time on site and minimise the impact on the local community, whilst delivering precision engineered high quality homes.”
Duncan Bell, Councillor and Executive Member for Resources also said: ““Creating vibrant, bustling town centres that are fit for the future is at the heart of our vision for each of these sites.
“The funding from Homes England means that we can now undertake the work necessary to get these sites ready for us to build new homes and we are looking forward to developing detailed designs and plans to share with the community.”