Consultation open for Batchwood social housing development

St Albans District Council wants to hear your opinion on proposals for social housing in Batchwood.

St Albans District Council wants to hear your opinion on proposals for social housing in Batchwood. Picture: ST Albans District Council - Credit: Archant

Designs have been proposed for a new housing development in St Albans, and St Albans District Council wants your opinion.

The council is set to develop a site off Woollam Crescent in the Batchwood area, which was previously known at The Hedges.

The plan is to create 14 new social rent housing properties for people on the council’s housing register who are waiting for a permanent home.

There will be six family-sized, semi-detached houses at the front of the plot, each with three bedrooms and a back garden.

It is intended that they will blend in with existing properties on Woollam Crescent with the design and building materials in keeping with nearby homes.

To the rear of the site, plans would bring an apartment building that will include four one-bedroom flats and four two-bedroom ones.

Each ground floor flat will have its own outdoor space while there will also be a communal garden.

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In keeping with the council’s commitment to tackling climate change and reducing harmful emissions, the houses and flats will be fitted with solar panels to provide renewable energy.

Residents are being asked by the council to take a look at the proposals online at

They can then give their views by sending an email to by Wednesday, May 13.

Council officers will then analyse the feedback and decide if any changes should be made before submitting a planning application this summer.

Councillor Jacqui Taylor, portfolio holder for housing, inclusion and protection, said: “One of our top priorities is to provide new social-rent housing for the district.

“This proposed development is a further demonstration of our determination to fulfil that goal and comes on top of other ambitious plans we have for social housing in the city centre and elsewhere.

“I would ask for residents, particularly in the Batchwood area, to look at our plans and let us know what they think of them.”

The site currently consists of ten single-storey temporary accommodation properties that were for people on the housing register waiting for a permanent home.

These are no longer fit for purpose and are now empty. They will be demolished to make way for the new modern homes that will provide permanent accommodation.