Catalyst has started work on site to bring 24 much-needed affordable homes to Harpenden in Hertfordshire.

Housing association Catalyst acquired the site next to Westfield Recreation Ground, which had been unused for many years, from Harpenden Town Council in 2018 and is working closely with the council to bring affordable homes for the local community in an area where new homes are particularly expensive.

Catalyst, and appointed contractor Taylor French Developments, will deliver the 24 homes which include 12 homes for social rent, two for affordable rent and ten for shared ownership.

The new homes provide one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom houses for shared ownership helping local people get on the housing ladder, and two- and three-bedroom houses for those on the housing register, helping local families stay in the area and reduce overcrowding. The development will also provide allocated parking and an attractive landscaped environment.

To reflect the area’s history and heritage, the development has been named Roan Place after the town’s link with horseracing. Catalyst is also working with the Town Council and Harpenden Historical Society to name one of the streets in memory of a fallen WWII soldier from the town.

Andrew Almond, Catalyst’s Managing Director for New Homes – Counties, said: ‘We’re delighted to bring this 100% affordable development to Harpenden in Hertfordshire and provide local people with the opportunity to remain and settle in the town in new high quality homes. Roan Place is one of Catalyst’s latest developments in the Counties region, bringing affordable homes to an area with an acute need.

‘Our work in Hertfordshire is part of Catalyst’s ambition to develop a mix of quality new homes through land acquisition, regeneration and partnership working with other landowners and developers in the South East.’