Countryside, one of the UK’s leading home builders specialising in placemaking and regeneration, and Home Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of high-quality housing health and social care, have broken ground as Phase 2 begins at the £150m South Oxhey Central development in Hertfordshire.
The milestone was celebrated with a ground-breaking ceremony held at the Phase 2 site, attended by Dr Steven Halls, Chief Executive of Three Rivers District Council, Sara Bedford, Leader of Three Rivers District Council, key representatives from Countryside and Home Group, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Homes England, as well as Parish, District and County Councillors and Community Board members.
The second phase of the development will deliver 8,500 sq. ft. of retail space, a new and improved marketplace that will also serve as a hub for community events, and 174 new homes, of which 48 will be affordable.
The regeneration of South Oxhey Central is split into three phases, with all work expected to be completed by 2022, and supported by funding of £2.25m from Hertfordshire LEP through the Local Growth Fund. The ambitious scheme will transform the existing town centre and three formerly unused sites into a modern and vibrant hub for local residents and businesses.
Set amongst two acres of landscaped parks and public spaces will be 55,000 sq. ft. of retail and commercial space, including an 18,880 sq. ft. Lidl food store, a revamped retail experience at Carpenders Park railway station and 514 new homes. The new homes will provide a mix of private sale and affordable rent housing, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom family houses. This includes 117 high quality affordable homes, 96 to be let at social rent and 21 available for shared ownership.
Mike Woolliscroft, Managing Director for Partnerships South, (West London) at Countryside, said: “Having worked closely in partnership with Three Rivers District Council and Home Group, today’s ground breaking is a milestone marking the excellent partnership and hard work which will benefit the community, creating high value homes set within a network of attractive, high-quality public spaces.
“In Phase 1, we have already seen a mixture of existing and new residents move into their new homes, and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. These homes are a great example of how we ensure we are meeting the needs of homebuyers by providing modern, cleverly-designed homes in carefully crafted streets and public spaces – all in close proximity to an array of local amenities and community facilities.”
Brian Ham, Executive Director of Development at Home Group, said: “We have worked hard with our partners Countryside and Three Rivers District Council to finish the first phase of this project on time, and we were delighted to welcome the first wave of residents into their newly built homes earlier this year.
“That hard work continues into Phase Two, which is such a significant phase as it will really start to shape the new-look South Oxhey Central area. That’s why everyone involved is so pleased work is underway.”
“The 48 new affordable homes in this phase are being delivered in line with the housing needs we’ve identified in the area.”
Jake Berry MP, Minister for Local Growth, said: “This Government is committed to boosting economic growth across of the whole of the UK and building a Britain fit for the future.
“I am delighted to see that tremendous progress is being made in the development of South Oxhey thanks to the £2.25m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund secured by Hertfordshire LEP. This ambitious £150m regeneration scheme will bring a strong boost to the local economy by providing over 500 new homes, up to 270 jobs and 55,000 sq. ft. of retail and public space by 2022.”
Sara Bedford, Leader of Three Rivers District Council, added: “We want to build more homes to help our residents. We are happy that we are working effectively in partnership with Countryside and the Home Group, pooling resources together and maximising the output for our communities.”
Tina Barnard, Chair of the Strategic Infrastructure Board, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Tremendous progress has already been made at South Oxhey and we look forward to seeing our shared vision for this next phase come to life. Our combined investment will boost the town’s vibrancy, productivity and prosperity for the benefit of generations to come.”
Carol Cairns, Head of Ownership and Supply for Homes England in the South East, said: “Homes England is committed to working with partners to accelerate the delivery of affordable homes where they are needed, so it’s great to see work progressing in South Oxhey as Phase 2 gets underway.”