Mayor of Luton marks success of town’s flagship new homes programme

Luton Partnership

Mayor of Luton, Cllr Mohammed Farooq, has attended an exclusive event, hosted by Catalyst Housing and Wates Living Space, to showcase the progress made to date at the New Homes for Luton (NH4L) programme.

The event comes four years after building began on the scheme in 2011. Once complete later this year, NH4L will comprise 360 much-needed high quality and affordable family homes across six sites in Luton.

Representatives from Luton Borough Council and its development partners attended to take a tour of the Farley Meadows development, a range of two and three-bedroom homes currently available through the government’s 5% deposit Help to Buy scheme.

Cllr Tom Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Housing in Luton, said: “With very limited land available, and an ever increasing demand for housing in the town, we will continue to do what we can to provide new homes for Luton residents. We are proud to be working alongside committed partners such as Wates and Catalyst who are not only building new homes and creating better lives for families in desperate housing need, but the whole scheme is also boosting the local economy through job, training and apprenticeship opportunities.

“While there is still a long way to go, this shows that good progress is being made, and it is important that we take some time to reflect on this fantastic achievement.”

Julia Moulder, Director of Development at Catalyst Housing: “Through New Homes for Luton we’re building homes to fit a wide range of housing needs. We wouldn’t be able to achieve this without the partnership with Wates and Luton Council.

As well as building much-needed homes for the people of Luton, this phase of the project has provided local job opportunities. Working with Wates, we’ve given 24 local young people the chance to start apprenticeships in business or construction, and a similar number of placements for 16 year olds.”

Andy Fancy, Regional Managing Director, Wates Living Space, added: “From the outset, the vision for the New Homes For Luton programme has been to create an extensive range of high quality and sustainable homes that ultimately bring with them an enhanced quality of life for the people of Luton.

“Building affordable homes is only a small part of what has been achieved with Luton Borough Council and its development partners. Throughout the work, we have collectively shared a deep-rooted commitment to creating thriving tenure-blind neighbourhoods that ultimately leave a lasting positive legacy for the local community.”

Throughout the NH4L programme, all project partners have worked together to create an extensive range of initiatives to boost training and employment. These have so far included on-site apprentices, educational work experience placements and vocational mentoring.

The NH4L programme is being delivered by Wates in partnership with Luton Borough Council, Catalyst Housing Group, Luton Learning and Community Partnership and the Homes and Communities Agency.

Wates began building work on NH4L in 2011. Phase one of the scheme saw the transformation of three previously derelict unviable sites to create attractive and sustainable neighbourhoods totaling 150 new homes, all of which reached completion in 2012.

The joint venture is currently delivering phase two of NH4L, which will see Wates construct 200 new homes across a further three sites in Luton. Final completion of the NH4L scheme is expected towards the end of the year.