The final phase of a development of 30 houses and apartments, along with two new shops, at Archer Road was completed in July and the homes were allocated to people on the council’s housing register.

The development was part of a neighbourhood regeneration project which involved demolishing the 1960s neighbourhood centre including a community centre, shops with flats above, and a pub, and replacing it with the new shops and homes, as well as the construction of a new community centre at Hampson Park.

Cllr Jeannette Thomas, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Older People at Stevenage Borough Council, said, “I’m very pleased to be welcoming Stevenage people into their new homes here at Kingpin Square. This is the first development of new council housing that we’ve been able to complete since the 1980s but there are more on the way in other parts of the town.

“We’ve made a commitment to provide quality affordable housing for local people and these new homes show that we’re serious about honouring our promise. Over the next 30 years we’ll be investing £1bn in housing in Stevenage: building hundreds of new homes and improving existing council properties so that they remain sustainable, safe and comfortable.”

The first phase of development involved the construction of two new shops, eight apartments and a community centre. It provides good sized family accommodation as well as apartments for smaller households around a high quality public space. Tenants moved into the new flats last August and the shops opened in April 2016. The new Hampson Park Community Centre opened in May 2016.