The daughter of PC Jonathan Henry who was killed while on duty in Luton will officially open Paradigm Housing Group’s 14,000th home - in a development named in his honour.
The opening of the scheme in Leagrave High Street, which consists of 57 apartments, will take place on Friday June 10, the day before the anniversary of PC Henry’s death.
PC Henry tragically lost his life on duty while answering an emergency call in George Street, Luton on June 11, 2007.
Matthew Bailes, Chief Executive of Paradigm Housing Group, said: “We are proud to have named this significant development after PC Henry and to welcome his widow Mary and daughter Maggie to the opening event.”
The new homes, which include 28 for shared ownership, 20 for affordable rent and a block of supported units, are built on the site of a former care home which had become a target for anti-social behaviour since its closure in 2012.
Paradigm Housing bought the land from Luton Borough Council and the new homes are helping to meet the need for affordable housing for local people.
“We are committed to investing in new homes to help meet the severe housing crisis in the areas we serve” adds Matthew. “This development shows how an effective partnership with a local authority can reap rewards for the local community.”
Representatives from Bedfordshire Police and the Mayor of Luton Councillor Tahir Khan will also attend the opening.
Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: “Our popular, hardworking and courageous colleague PC 5584 Jon Henry paid the ultimate price on that fateful day in 2007, when he was killed in the line of duty. Jon lost his life protecting members of the public, as he did proudly every day. We remain incredibly proud of him, of the bravery he displayed, and of the sacrifice he made for the safety of his community.
“The Jonathan Henry Place housing development is a fitting tribute to our fallen colleague. It will help people and stand the test of time in the area in which he lived and served, as will our memory of him.”