More than 100 council homes for Dacorum in historic works programme

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A plan to build new council homes in Dacorum for the first time in more than 20 years has begun with proposals for more than 100 of them.

They include 15 one-bed and 21 two-bed flats in Apsley opposite Lincoln House Surgery, and nine two-bed flats where St Peter’s Church in Gadebridge used to be.

Housing development manager Jack Burnham said: “Housing need in Dacorum is at an all time high.”

He said there are now 8,000 people on the waiting list for council homes.

Mr Burnham was speaking at a meeting of Dacorum Borough Council’s development control committee last night, where the Apsley and Gadebridge plans were met with approval.

Plans for the Apsley development include two medium-sized retail units, facing London Road, a roof garden and 26 car parking spaces.

The meeting heard that the council plans to vet its tenants to ensure that people living in 10 of the flats do not own a car.

Mr Burnham said: “This proposed development will not only regenerate an area that has been run-down for over 25 years, but also provide high quality affordable homes for some of the most vulnerable members of the local community.”

St Peter’s Church in Gadebridge has been vacant for a long time with little interest from occupiers, a council report says. The new development there would include a parking space for each flat.

Vicar for the Warners End and Gadebridge parish Rev Pete Stevenson said: “I’m delighted to support this application.

“I would be very pleased to see the former church site of St Peter’s Church being used to provide affordable housing in the community of Gadebridge.”