A four-storey block of 25 affordable flats is to built in a St Albans neighbourhood.

Hightown Housing Association has been given the green light by St Albans City and District Council to redevelop a former car dealership in Ashley Road.

The 25 homes will consist of 16 one-bedroom and nine two-bedroom flats, each with a private parking space and some with their own private balcony.

Demolition of the former car dealership is planned to begin in February with construction starting two months later. The project is expected to complete by summer 2023.

St Albans & Harpenden Review: The development site in Ashley Road. Credit: Google MapsThe development site in Ashley Road. Credit: Google Maps

Hightown says the homes will be available at affordable rent for those on the council's housing register, helping local people living on lower incomes to stay in St Albans.

The housing association, which is the UK's fastest-growing with plans to build more than 1,400 homes across Hertfordshire and surrounding counties, is working on the Fleetville development in partnership with Glencar Property Ltd and Entex Projects Ltd.

Andrew Royall, development director for Hightown Housing Association, said: "We are delighted to be able to provide affordable homes in St Albans, as we know many people struggle to find a suitable home within their budget.

"We look forward to developing these much-needed homes that will provide long-term, secure housing for local people."