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New housing scheme welcomes first tenants

Last Modified May 18, 2020
 
Residents have been moving into a new housing complex, the first development of its kind created to address Hertsmere’s pressing need for temporary accommodation.

So far, ten households have moved into Edwintree Court, a state-of-the-art complex built on a former garage area off Crown Road in Borehamwood, since construction at the site finished last month. The innovative 28-unit scheme, which we commissioned and funded in order to help ease the demand for housing in the borough, includes a mix of one and two-bedroom units.  It provides safe, comfortable modular homes for short-term periods for local families in urgent housing need.

Edwintree Court, Borehamwood

One of the units at Edwintree Court, Borehamwood, pictured left.

Just under 150 local households are currently in temporary accommodation. Some of that number have had to be placed out of the borough, away from family, friends, schools and facilities they know or use, because of the lack of suitable housing options in the borough.

Councillor Jean Heywood, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “For the families and individuals living at Edwintree Court, their new homes represent not just somewhere to live, but a chance to be part of the local community again.

“Our aim throughout this project has been to provide safe, secure and comfortable accommodation for local people who are in urgent need.

“Up until now, we’ve had to rely heavily on private providers of temporary accommodation, which can often be outside the borough and very expensive.

“This scheme means local families can return to the borough and enjoy the benefits of living in a location which is close to amenities and with good transport links.”

Cllr John Graham, Portfolio Holder for Property, Finance and Economic Development, said: “Like all public sector organisations, our funding is under constant and immense pressure, and we can only anticipate this to increase in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Continuing to rely on expensive, private providers of temporary accommodation was never an option. This scheme will enable us to meet our statutory obligations, while reducing the costs on our budgets – and ultimately the burden to taxpayers.

“I’m delighted that the units at Edwintree Court are being brought into use and that this scheme is already making a valuable contribution to our community."

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Posted on Monday 18th May 2020
 

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