We are committed to building new homes that give more people the chance to live comfortably, safely and affordably. We build high-quality housing across a range of tenure types, with a focus on providing homes for social and affordable rent for people on lower incomes. Here’s what we achieved in 2019/20.
We completed several high-profile developments last year, helping to rejuvenate areas with new homes and offer more people the opportunity of somewhere better to live. These included the new development at The Brow, where we provided a brand new parade of eight shops for local residents as well as 38 homes – a mix of affordable rent, shared ownership and three large family homes for social rent.
Our development of 46 new homes at Boundary Way was also completed, along with the first three homes to be provided as part of our regeneration of the Meriden in Garston. These homes were the bungalows on York Way and they are the first of 133 homes that will be built as part of a project that will also deliver an expanded community hub, a flexicare facility for older people, a brand new parade of shops and new green spaces.
Working in partnership to build social homes
We’re committed to delivering homes for social rent, for those in greatest need. We’re working in partnership with Watford Borough Council on a programme to provide much-needed social housing at a number of sites. In 2019/20 we got planning permission for the majority of the programme, which will include deliver 55 homes for social rent in total. We also appointed Jarvis as our contractor, who started on site in January 2020.
Our commercial arm and joint ventures
As well as building homes directly through Watford Community Housing, we also have a commercial arm called Clarendon Living, which delivers new homes both independently and as the partner in our joint ventures with local authorities.
Last year saw Clarendon Living complete its first independent scheme, which consisted of nine homes for market sale in Puckeridge, East Hertfordshire. Because we are a not-for-profit organisation, all of Clarendon Living’s profits go back into Watford Community Housing – by selling homes on the open housing market we can generate money so that we have more to invest in affordable homes, as well as providing family homes in the process.
We also made progress with plans to deliver more homes through our Hart Homes joint venture with Watford Borough Council. We received planning permission for a second phase of development near Croxley View, which will see 86 new homes built.