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HERTFORD IDENTIFIED AS POTENTIAL HOTSPOT


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oday, independent mortgage broker Private Finance has said that Hertford


in Hertfordshire is becoming an increasingly popular place to live for families moving out of London. The town was confirmed as the UK’s


second fastest selling during 2015. One of the main selling points of the area is that buyers can purchase property from just £175,000 and an average family home can be acquired for just £400,000. Additionally, Private Finance has said that buyers are increasingly attracted to the area as it is a charming, historical market town with excellent schools as well as good transport links into London. A local agent, Abel of Hertford has said


that properties in the £500,000 to £800,000 price range are the most sought after in the area. Properties priced at this level typically offer 4 or 5 bedroom properties with gardens that are close to the town centre. This is the main reason why Hertford is so popular with second time buyers or families moving out of London. Simon Checkley, Managing Director of


Private Finance said: “Hertford has something for everyone including a bustling High Street, Theatre, Castle park, leisure facilities and the Hartham Park.


KEBBELL WELCOMES NEW RECRUIT


has welcomed a new face to support its growing portfolio of developments. Steve Blacker (48) from Hertfordshire


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has joined as site manager working at Kebbell’s Hartwell House development at Carpenders Park in Watford.


Steve brings Steve Blacker


with him over 32 years of experience within the construction industry. He first started work as an apprentice carpenter in 1983 and then became a site manager for


another housebuilder for 18 years. Within his new role, Steve is responsible


for the day-to-day running of the site at Hartwell House as well as dealing with technical aspects and Health and Safety. Steve said: “I am delighted to have been


given this opportunity with Kebbell Homes. It’s a real breath of fresh air to work for such a loyal and notable house builder.” Call 0845 1302188 or alternatively go to www.kebbell.co.uk for more details.


COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MONTHLY 2016


s the demand for new homes increases, leading housebuilder Kebbell Homes


WELWYN HATFIELD THE RIGHT PEOPLE, THE RIGHT PLACE W


elwyn Hatfield is one of Hertfordshire’s most successful


economic areas. It has a wide choice of land and premises, excellent transport links to London and Cambridge, easy access to international airports, desirable places to live, lively shopping areas and beautiful parks and green spaces. It is no surprise that some of the UK’s largest companies have chosen to locate here. Our draft


Local Plan aspires to create at least 12,000 new jobs over the next 15 years by protecting existing employment areas and supporting the construction of new business premises. It also identifies sites for over 10,000 new homes for sale and rent and seeks to ensure that this development is supported by roads, railways, utilities, shops, schools and healthcare. The Council is keen to support all


businesses in the borough to thrive and prosper and is working in partnership to create an environment that is attractive to new businesses, investment and social enterprise opportunities.


KEY FACTS • LARGE AND WELL EDUCATED WORKFORCE • 75,000 residents aged 16 -64 • 57,000 economically active residents • Less than 5% economically active residents are unemployed


• 26,000 economically active residents remain in the borough to work


• Net in-flow of 16,000 workers from surrounding areas


• 51% of workers are managers and professional


• 37% of workers have a degree


• DIVERSE RANGE OF BUSINESSES • 4,535 registered businesses • Headquarters for major businesses such


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as Tesco, Ocado, Computacentre, Affinity Water, Pitney Bowes and Eisai Uk


• Hatfield Business Park • Welwyn Garden City employment area • University of Hertfordshire, Oaklands College and Royal Veterinary College


• HIGHLY ACCESSIBLE LOCATION • On the A1 (M) between London and the north


• Served by East Coast Mainline between London & Cambridge


• Within one hour drive of Heathrow, Luton and Stansted airports • 25 minutes from Kings Cross


• STRONG TOURISM OFFER • Hatfield House & gardens • Shaw’s Corner (home of George Bernard Shaw)


• Mill Green Mill & Museum • Welwyn Roman Baths • Welwyn Garden City town centre and Hatfield Galleria


For further information contact Lisa Devayya, Economic Development Officer on 01707 357 269 or email l.devayya@welhat.gov.uk http://www.welhat.gov.uk/economicdev


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