Catalyst to build 24 affordable homes in Harpenden

Harpenden groundbreaking ceremony

Catalyst is to build 24 new homes for affordable rent and shared ownership in Harpenden.

The housing association acquired the site from Harpenden Town Council in 2018 and, with appointed contractor Taylor French Developments, will jointly deliver much-needed affordable new homes for local people.

The 24-home development has been designed with a mix of apartments and family homes to address the acute need for affordable and social housing in the area.

One-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom houses will be available for shared ownership helping local people get on the housing ladder. The development will also provide two- and three-bedroom houses for those on the housing register, helping local families stay in the area and reduce overcrowding.

The site is next to Westfield Recreation Ground and has been unused for many years. Building will start in the coming weeks and the new homes are scheduled to be ready in summer next year. The development will provide residents with allocated parking and an attractive landscaped environment.

At the groundbreaking ceremony earlier this month, Joe Marshall, Catalyst’s Land and Partnerships Director (Counties) said, “We’re delighted to be here with Harpenden Town Council and Taylor French Developments to mark the start of these 24 new homes. It’s a particularly significant development for us at Catalyst, as Aldwyck Housing Group, who Catalyst merged with last year, were founded in the town in the 1960s. We’re committed to providing more quality affordable homes for local people with local partners.”

The Town Mayor of Harpenden, Councillor Brian Ellis, told us, “This is the beginning of an exciting new phase for Harpenden Town Council and its partners. Affordable housing for our local community, in an area that’s very expensive, is essential to ensure Harpenden remains a vibrant town and attractive place to live and work. The development at Westfield plays a key part in this.”

The site is part of Catalyst’s ambition to develop up to 1,300 quality new homes each year through land acquisition, regeneration and in partnership with other landowners and developers.