The Accelerated Construction programme for supporting the delivery of local authority housing schemes has been used by Homes England for the first time.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has been awarded £10.6 million by Homes England to finance the preparation of three sites to build 670 new homes. Projects will see construction taking place on three town centre sites — two in Hatfield and one in Welwyn Garden City.

Between them, the Hatfield sites will receive nearly £4.5 million in funding from the Accelerated Construction scheme, with new homes, shops and restaurants being developed as part of the Hatfield 2030+ Renewal Framework. Work on one of the Hatfield sites is scheduled to start this June.

The 14-acre town centre site in Welwyn Garden City has obtained some £6.1 million of funding, which will be used to help develop and expand existing plans outlined in an agreed Supplementary Planning Document.

All three projects will use modern construction methods in order to minimise on-site disruption in the town centre areas and to speed up delivery of the new homes.

Modern methods of construction, including panellised and hybrid construction will, according to Stephen Kinsella of Homes England, reduce time on site and deliver precision engineered high-quality accommodation.

Commenting for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Councillor Duncan Bell said that creating vibrant, bustling town centres that are fit for the future is at the heart of the authority’s vision for each of the sites.

“The funding from Homes England means that we can now undertake the work necessary to get these sites ready for us to build new homes and we are looking forward to developing detailed designs and plans to share with the community,” he added.

Last reviewed 11 March 2019