New 'affordable' homes have been delivered on a previously unused allotment site in Harpenden.

The Roan Place development overlooks Westfield Recreation Ground, and was constructed after the land was sold by Harpenden Town Council to not-for-profit housing association Catalyst in 2018 -  with the agreement that premium affordable homes would be delivered.

Funds raised by the sale of the land have contributed to a number of the council's projects including the boardwalk at Batford Springs Nature Reserve, redevelopment of several playgrounds and the new skatepark in Rothamsted Park.


Harpenden Town Council has worked with the East Harpenden Gardening Club - which manages the neighbouring allotments - to construct new fences and gates.

A wildflower embankment has also been produced at the site, along with low-level wooden fencing "for safety and aesthetic appeal".

The new residential access road, Rolt Close, has been named after a Harpenden man who lost his life during the First World War.

Herts Advertiser: 'Roan Place' reflects Harpenden’s links to horse racing'Roan Place' reflects Harpenden’s links to horse racing (Image: Harpenden Town Council)

Herbert Robert Rolt was born in Harpenden in 1898, and lived in the town until serving as a private in the 2nd Battalion Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment.

He was repatriated after being wounded in battle at the age of 20. 

Herbert sadly died of his injuries, and was bured in St Nicholas churchyard.

The development's name, Roan Place, reflects the town's links to horse racing.


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The names decided after a consultation with Harpenden Town Council and the Harpenden and District Local History Society.

Cllr Fiona Gaskell, mayor of Harpenden, said: “The new development offers homes in Harpenden to people who otherwise may not have the opportunity to live here.

"The Town Council has delivered the development within an attractive landscaped environment, situated between the Westfield Recreation Ground and neighbouring allotment site.

"All homes have access to outdoor space with a garden or balcony and the wider area improvements makes this an attractive, yet affordable option for many local people.”

The homes will now become available for "social and affordable" rent, and shared ownership.

Further information regarding the development can be found at