Sir Mike Penning MP opened four new affordable homes in Great Gaddesden (Herts), in memory of former Parish Councillor, Alan Johnson.
The four homes, built by Hastoe and supported by Great Gaddesden Parish Council, are known as Johnson Court, in memory of Alan, who died two years ago.Alan served for many years as a member of the Parish Council and was passionate about supporting new affordable housing for local people.
The land for the scheme was supplied by Dacorum Borough Council, who want to increase the number of affordable homes in the borough.
All the homes are let at affordable rents for local people with a connection to Great Gaddesden. They are built to the highly energy-efficient ‘PassivHaus’ standard, cutting fuel bills to as little as £120 per year. All the properties have solar panels – an aspect Cllr Johnson supported to reduce bills and carbon emissions.
Sir Mike cut the ribbon to officially open the scheme, which was also attended by Hastoe Chief Executive, Sue Chalkley, and Cllr Paul Harris, Chairman of Great Gaddesden Parish Council.
Sir Mike said:
“It was a privilege to open Johnson Court. It’s a fantastic scheme – with homes let affordably for local people forever. It helps this rural community to remain strong as local people can afford to live in the village they were born and brought up in.”
“The super high energy efficiency standards will help keep bills down and make the homes even more affordable. It’s a great example of how to build new housing in rural areas.”
Sue Chalkley, Chief Executive of Hastoe, said:
“We’re experiencing a housing crisis in rural areas, as house prices are higher than the national average and local wages are lower. So has been great to work with Great Gaddesden Parish Council to build Johnson Court and provide safe, warm homes for local people. The Passivhaus standard and solar panels will save residents hundreds of pounds a year in fuel costs. It is a fitting tribute to Cllr Johnson’s memory.”