Hightown’s new Development Director, Andrew Royall is leading an impressive build programme that will see the housing association increase the number of homes under management by almost a quarter – delivering 1,100 new affordable homes across Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties in the next two years.

In Hemel Hempstead alone, 300 new affordable homes will be completed in the next two years and 130 flats (53 intermediate rent and 77 affordable rent) will be released in the next few months at Maylands Plaza in the town, the largest development ever completed by the Herts-based housing association.

Since taking up his post Andrew has focused on maximising opportunities for new developments to help meet the huge demand for affordable homes.

Andrew said:

“Hightown is still doing exactly what it was set up to do 50 years ago – provide for those struggling to afford homes. Across our portfolio, we try to provide a mix of affordable tenures to reflect local housing priorities.

“I’m proud to say that every single scheme addresses a local need by directly delivering homes for sub market rent or shared ownership.

“Our development programme is very large for our size, but we continue to exceed our targets and the pipeline is looking strong. This is helped by our solid reputation among local authorities and housebuilders in the area for being straightforward with a can-do attitude.

“Hertfordshire has a buoyant land market, which makes competing for sites a challenge but we’re more determined than ever to continue to deliver homes for affordable rent and shared ownership that are so desperately needed across our region.”

Previously at William Sutton Trust (now part of Clarion Housing Group), Andrew has been at Hightown since 2003. His passion for development was sparked as a volunteer in a South African township, where he helped train people in building schemes getting first-hand experience in everything from making earth bricks through to establishing a housing association. Andrew has since worked at Hightown in the supported housing and development teams, and was appointed as Director of Development in June 2017.