Plans by Hightown Housing Association to build 49 more affordable new homes in Luton have been given the go-ahead.

Hightown has just been given planning permission for its scheme to build 31 two, three and four-bedroom houses as well as 18 one and two-bedroom flats on a site in Charles Street.

The charitable organisation will start building work in the late summer and aims to complete the development by the end of 2018, when it will offer 30 of the properties for affordable rent to local people and 19 for shared ownership.

It follows the 69 one-and-two bedroom affordable flats it is building on the other side of Luton town centre on a redundant site in Castle Street – its first ever development in the town.

The Charles Street site, in the High Town area of Luton, is now occupied by two warehouses (pictured). It’s just off the High Town Road, making it ideally situated for work, shopping and transport.

Hightown’s shared ownership homes enable people to get their first foot on the property ladder by giving them the opportunity to buy a share in their new home and pay subsidised rent on the remaining share.

Hightown Development Director George Edkins said: “We’re excited to be building a second development in Luton as we know many local people have struggled to find an affordable home in their own area, and we also want to play a part in the regeneration of Luton. We almost share our name with this part of Luton so some might say that it’s high time we built in High Town!”

You can find out more about Hightown’s shared ownership properties at www.hightownha.org.uk/find-a-home.