New housing developments
The Church has a distinctive and vital role to play in planning for new housing developments, welcoming new residents, building communities and reaching out to new people with the Gospel message.
In all parts of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Barnet and Luton, church communities can have a voice in identifying local housing needs and working to ensure that planned developments provide good places to live, with the right infrastructure, schools and meeting places.
Once new homes are built, churches can be places of welcome and outreach to existing and new residents, helping to create a sense of community and developing a Christian presence.
The Diocese of St Albans has a planning group which monitors proposals for large-scale housing developments around the diocese and provides input to the Bishop’s Council about the need to plan for additional resources.
The planning group ran a workshop for people interested in work with new housing developments in 2017 and continues to support this work by issuing a regular New Housing Newsletter and by hosting an On-Line Forum.