Although hardly ‘history’, to have six new, affordable homes built in Preston is
a historic event.
The scheme at Templars Lane, off Chequers Lane, was first mooted in 2012 when the
need for such housing in the village was assessed and feedback from villagers was
encouraged. Initially there was considerable discussion about the design, the location
and the effect on privacy of new housing. Preston Parish Council decided to proceed,
working with Howard Cottage Housing Association and North Herts District Council.
Some homes will be rented; others will have shared ownership. New occupants will
have to satisfy the following criteria: Preston connections; from other local parishes
such as St Ippollitts and Kings Walden; from other rural parishes; from the rest
of North Herts. The total cost of the scheme is £1.1m. Meanwhile, the spectre of
12,100 new homes being built in North Hertfordshire looms over the region.
The building project was scheduled to begin in March 2014 and should be completed
in December 2014/January 2015. As the photograph above shows, it is now ‘off the
ground’. While no cause and effect is implied, a stroll along Chequers Lane reveals
that two of the nearby Swedish Houses are now on the market, as from April/May 2014.