Village flat is first step in homes bid

Borough and parish councillors meet Lea Valley Homes agents at the opening of Flat 1 Warranty House. Councillor Steve Cannon pictured far right, and Councillor Rosemarie Hollinghurst pictured centre
Borough and parish councillors meet Lea Valley Homes agents at the opening of Flat 1 Warranty House. Councillor Steve Cannon pictured far right, and Councillor Rosemarie Hollinghurst pictured centre

A new flat in Wigginton is one small step for a plan to boost social and affordable housing in Dacorum.

The two-bedroom shared ownership property in Fieldway is one of two flats at the development. The other, upstairs at Warranty House, is being sold on the open market.

Steve Cannon, chairman of Wigginton Parish Council, welcomed the opening, He said: “It’s good for the village. We’re discussing having another housing needs survey at the next parish council meeting to see what else Wigginton might need.”

Dacorum Borough Council, which bought the flat, is inviting local people to apply for shared ownership of it.

Applicants must have a connection to Wigginton, be a first-time buyer and earning less than £60,000.

Councillor for the area, Rosemarie Hollinghurst said: “I’m so pleased that this home is now open and that Dacorum Borough Council is supporting affordable housing in Wigginton.”

The opening of Fieldway is part of the borough council’s plan to boost social and affordable housing. Planning permission was recently granted to build the borough’s first new council homes in more than 20 years in Gadebridge, Hemel Hempstead.

To apply for shared ownership of the Wigginton property contact Lea Valley Homes by visiting www.leavalleyhomes.co.uk and selecting Dacorum under ‘Search for a home’, calling 01582 869440 or emailing leavalleyhomes@aldwyck.co.uk.