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Parliamentary candidate for Hertsmere visits former scrap yard site to be developed into much needed new homes

Conservative candidate, Oliver Dowden, today visited a site being prepared for new housing in Hertsmere, which will be protected by NHBC's 10 year Buildmark warranty. The development is expected deliver 82 much needed new homes when fully completed, with close to a fifth of homes being affordable, as well as supporting over 250 jobs for the local economy.

Oliver Dowden

Mr Dowden, who is contesting the seat of Hertsmere in the upcoming General Election, met with representatives from NHBC and the developers, David Wilson Homes, at their Sandbrook Park site in Bushey. The development is facilitating a multi-million pound remediation of a former car breakers yard. All surface water is being dealt with on-site with the use of sustainable draining systems. As well as providing new homes and benefitting local residents, the development will improve the biodiversity of the site and local area.

The event was organised by NHBC, the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, to highlight its risk management processes and to show the parliamentary candidate how NHBC works with builders to improve the build quality of new homes.

Commenting on the visit, Mr Dowden said: "This was a very useful briefing on this development and the issues facing the construction industry. This site was badly degraded as a scrap yard so it's good to see it being put to better use."

He added: "It is important that we get the infrastructure in place for new developments so I was pleased to hear about plans to upgrade the access road. I wish both the developers and future residents the best of luck."

Ian Sadler, Managing Director of David Wilson North Thames said: "We welcomed the opportunity to show Oliver Dowden around our Sandbrook site, which is an excellent example of David Wilson working in partnership with the local community to bring about the regeneration and transformation of a heavily contaminated industrial site. The construction process will create much-needed local jobs and economic growth and the end result will be a development which looks great, is a pleasure to live on, and will enhance the local area for years to come."

NHBC's Head of Corporate and External Affairs, Lewis Sidnick, added: "We're delighted to be able to show Oliver Dowden first-hand how we are supporting builders to construct high quality new homes in Hertsmere. NHBC will continue to work with builders like David Wilson Homes to ensure that the build quality of the new homes needed in the UK continues to be of a high standard."

The new homes at Sandbrook Park will be built according to environmentally sound and sustainable design and in compliance with building regulations. The housing development will be ideal for families, offering a variety of new three, four and five-bedroom homes. It is also conveniently located close to a range of excellent state and independent schools, including the including the renowned Harrow School. Prices are expected to range from £450,000 to £975,000.

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News Date: 20/03/15