Local developer Croudace have started work on a new housing estate of 254 homes in Thieves Lane.
The Blakemore Manor development is part of the HERT3 housing allocation for new homes in the town and features 73x 1-2 bedroomed flats and 181x 2-4 bed houses. The plans include 102 affordable homes. The estate will be served by an access road with junctions in Thieves Lane and Welwyn Road.
The development is named after Blakemore Woods, which lie to the immediate west of the main site.
Planning permission for the project was granted in February this year, with a Final Decision Notice issued at the end of July after planning conditions were agreed between Croudace Homes and East Herts District Council. The conditions include a contribution of £265,000 to extend the 395/6 bus route through the estate. There is also a £3.4m contrubution for education, £40,000 for the library service and £370,000 for local sports and leisure facilities.
The Thieves Lane site is one of four earmarked for housing over the coming decade. The others are Archers Spring, Mangrove Rood, Bengeo Nursery and the former Gas Works at the end of Marhgate Drive.
The new homes are expected to go on the market in September 2021.
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