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Working together to build more affordable homes


Mike Penning MP opens Johnson Court in Great GaddesdenWe are working with Hastoe Housing Association to build more quality affordable homes.

Our two organisations have already co-operated to deliver four new super energy-efficient 'Passivhaus' homes in the village of Great Gaddesden. The homes were built on land owned by the Council and are managed by Hastoe – they are let at affordable rents to people with a connection to the local area. 

We are now looking to partner again to identify more land to build more affordable housing. Hastoe is England's largest rural housing association and we are keen to release more land for affordable housing projects.

Land and New Business Manager at Hastoe, John Lefever, said, "It's been great to build a relationship with Dacorum Borough Council to develop new homes. Councils and housing associations should be complementary in building new homes – councils have public sector land for new development, while housing associations have the access to finance and experience of building and managing affordable homes.

"I'm keen to grow our partnership with Dacorum to seek new sites and build the affordable homes local people need."

David Barrett, Group Manager for Housing Development at Dacorum Borough Council, said, "With over 5,000 applicants on Dacorum's Housing Register this is a great opportunity for us to work in partnership to deliver new homes across the borough. We are successfully building new homes but by simultaneously releasing land to housing associations, like Hastoe, we are maximising the number of new, energy-efficient homes for our residents to live in.

"The development of new homes is particularly important in rural locations within Dacorum. By providing affordable homes for younger people and families with a local connection we can ensure that our villages continue to be vibrant communities for generations to come."  

Read more about our new build programme.