Countryside & Homes England development approved

Dacorum Borough Council, based in Hertfordshire have approved the plans for 276 homes to be built using various methods of modern construction (MMC), which will be a joint venture between Countryside and Homes England.

The development is based on the Spencer’s Park scheme in Hemel Hempstead, as it moves into phase 2 of construction and will involve modular, panellised and enhanced traditional construction. The development which was designed by HTA Design will include 35% affordable housing and will be a range of one to four bedroom properties.

This is an exciting project for Homes England, as it becomes the eighth site included in the MMC Research Commission, aiming to improve the housing industries knowledge of new build technologies.

Biodiversity will also play a major part in the development, with 346 new trees being planted, bird and bat boxes being introduced and new hedgehog routes.

Simon Toplis, partner at HTA Design, said: “The development will play a vital part in advancing the sector’s understanding of MMC through Homes England’s Research Commission, whilst also delivering a fantastic place to live where access to nature is prioritised – truly bringing nature home.”

Daniel Layton, managing director, Partnerships North London at Countryside, said: “Our commitment to delivering homes through modern methods of construction is unwavering as we compile valuable data within the MMC research programme. Undoubtedly this will be part of the blueprint going forward when it comes to building for the future.”

Alison Crofton, development director at Homes England, said: “We look forward to seeing the site develop and the data gathered on site supporting the sector’s understanding of MMC.”