Hightown delivers record number of new affordable homes in 2023/24

Hightown Housing Association developed 664 new affordable homes in the year ending March 2024. Hightown operates across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Buckinghamshire and this is the largest number of new affordable homes the Association has built in one year.
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The new homes include 469 for affordable and social rent, 23 for intermediate rent and 147 for shared ownership with the remaining 25 homes for supported housing.

David Bogle, Chief Executive at Hightown Housing Association, said:

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“We are delighted to have been able to deliver so many good quality, affordable homes in 2023/24 despite the challenges of rapidly rising build costs and interest rates.

Heart of Maylands phase two developmentHeart of Maylands phase two development
Heart of Maylands phase two development

“It is important that housing associations play their part in ending the housing and homelessness crisis and, at Hightown, we see maximising the number of new homes we deliver as central to our social mission.

“As a Homes for Cathy member, we want to play our part in reducing homelessness and a large number of our homes for rent are allocated to people and families that are homelessness.

“I am most grateful to our development staff and to the many other Hightown staff involved bringing these homes into management and ensuring that they are occupied quickly.''

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Included in the 664 homes is one of Hightown's most significant developments to date at the Heart of Maylands in Hemel Hempstead. The development consists of 158 homes for affordable rent and shared ownership, as well as three commercial units. The development is a second phase of a 2018 scheme with 130 affordable homes for rent, 10 shops and a church.

The National Housing Federation has projected that by 2030, an extra 1.7 million households will be living in unaffordable homes unless there is a long-term plan to fix the housing crisis.