JBD gets go-ahead for £6m extension


Jewish Blind & Disabled has revealed plans for a £6 million extension to its latest property, Cecil Rosen Court in Bushey, which opened last summer.

Hertsmere Council planners have unanimously given the green light to the building of 19 additional flats on land currently occupied by one property, and part of another, at the back of the site.

The move was prompted by the huge demand for the original 41 single bedroom flats, which are home to 60 people. Four of the new apartments will be double bedroomed, meeting the needs of a number of potential tenants.

JBD chief executive, Hazel Kaye, said that the council go-ahead was "amazing news. It will enable us to support even more people. We are building for the future because Hertsmere is the fastest-growing area in the community. We have to ensure that we are providing for it".

Meetings with the architect and quantity surveyors have already been held, and the intention was to start construction as soon as feasible with a view to the new tenants moving in by the end of 2016. Although there would be some additional landscaping, communal facilities such as social areas, laundry and wheelchair-charging were already in place. Ms Kaye added that a major fundraising campaign would be launched.

We are building for the future in the fastest-growing area

The seven JBD properties in Hertfordshire, north and east London accommodate 360 tenants.

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