An affordable housing development being built in Watford is nearing completion.
Hightown Housing Association’s scheme in Whippendell Road is delivering 81 homes on a site that was formerly the base for an electrical engineering firm.
Of the 81 homes, 45 are for rent for people who have been nominated by Watford Borough Council, while the remaining 36 are for shared ownership.
The development, which was approved in 2018, is almost finished with 27 flats for shared ownership due to be handed over at the beginning of December.
Three blocks that have been constructed are called Sonar House, Compass House, and Seaborne House, which Hightown says reflects the site's history as a place where naval and marine applications were produced.
Whippendell Marine Ltd relocated from Whippendell Road to Milton Keynes with the existing building demolished.
Among those who have moved into the new development so far is ex-army veteran Jon, who had been sleeping in his car for five months following a relationship breakdown.
Personal trainer Jon said: "I can't put into words how magnificent this is. It's going to change my life. I get to share weekends with my daughter now so I'm a very happy man. It's a little bit different to sleeping in the car.
“I feel very lucky and fortunate that my new home will give me a platform to enjoy the rest of my life."
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Single males like Jon make up 28% of households in need of homelessness prevention from Watford Borough Council, according to the Office for National Statistics Statutory Homelessness Annual report for 2021-22.
Jon’s flat was a special milestone for Hightown because it was the 8,000th home the housing association has delivered.
Chief executive David Bogle said: "Reaching our 8,000th home is a significant milestone for Hightown and it's fitting that it is in Watford, one of our key areas in Hertfordshire.
“Hightown has grown quickly to respond to the urgent need for more affordable housing – around 3,000 of our homes have been built in the last six years.
“We plan to continue to build over 500 affordable homes a year to help people like Jon and tackle the current homelessness and housing crisis."
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