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AFFORDABLE?: Homes at controversial housing development in Croxley go on the market

 Published on: 5th October 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

After years of residents expressing their outrage over the Killingdown Farm development in Croxley, the new homes have now hit the market.

Concerns about the impact on green belt land, the increase in traffic, and the potential strain on village resources have grown since the development was announced in 2021. However, the years of campaigning against the plans failed, and work on the new homes began last year.

Now, the completed dwellings are on the market. According to developers The Hill Group, the 160 new homes at the Millside Grange development will cost upwards of £640,000 and include two-, three-, four-, and five-bedroom homes.

Members of the Rickmansworth, Chorleywood and Croxley Green community Facebook group have shared their distaste over the house prices.

One resident said: “Me and my wife own a two-bed place on New Road. [We] need a bigger place as our family is growing. But to go from a two bed to a three is often an extra £300,000 (£700,000 total) and all you get is a slightly bigger living area, the third room is a box room and the garden is smaller. What’s the point in staying in the area?”

Another said: “£640,000 for a two-bed home – Jesus! Thought some of these were supposed to be affordable.”

A spokesperson for The Hill Group said: “We are pleased to be providing high-quality, attractive homes that address local housing needs. At Millside Grange, 72 of the 160 dwellings are designated as affordable (45 per cent).

“We are also dedicated to designing and constructing energy-efficient homes on all our developments. At Millside Grange, we have achieved a 10 per cent biodiversity net gain through significant landscape enhancements, increasing existing hedgerows, the provision of public open space, and the planting of orchards.”

Photo credit: St Albans Brickwork Ltd

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