Residents called on to help design new social housing

We’re planning to build new social housing at St Margarets Way in Leverstock Green and we want local residents to help us with the designs.

The process of designing the new social housing at St Margarets Way will begin with a public exhibition on 10 January at Holy Trinity Church Hall on Bedmond Road from 3pm to 7pm.

We've recently appointed a firm of architects to develop plans for the site and representatives from Stephen Taylor Architects and the council will be available to discuss the proposals at the exhibition. They will be covering topics such as access onto the site; different approaches to arranging new homes; landscape design and trees; designing out crime; and creating healthy and sustainable places to live. The views of local residents at this event will help us to shape the proposals for the site, leading to a planning application that we will submit later in 2019.

The land at St Margarets Way was allocated for new housing as part of Dacorum’s Site Allocations Planning Framework, which was adopted in 2017. In line with this, we will work with architects to design and landscape the development to safeguard the open setting of the site and adjoining land. We will also maintain the amenities of nearby residents, whilst delivering up to 60 new homes that are integrated into the existing community.

Ward Councillor for Leverstock Green, and Portfolio Holder for Housing, Councillor Margaret Griffiths, said: “This development will provide much-needed new homes at affordable rents. Leverstock Green is a lovely part of the borough and I'm thrilled that residents are able to have their say and influence the design of these new homes.”

The development at St Margarets Way is not connected to the Crown Estate’s proposals for East Hemel between Leverstock Green and the M1.

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