Construction has started at community-led development, Puddleworth Close, Eastington, which will see a collection of houses, flats and bungalows available for Eastington’s local residents.
The site, which is being developed by Eastington Community Land Trust, in partnership with E G Carter & Co Ltd and housing association, Aster Group, will provide 23 homes all of which will be for affordable rent, helping those locally, find somewhere to live.
Jane Gallifent, at Aster Group, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for locals to secure a home in their village at a rent they can afford. Community-led projects like this are a great way for villagers to invest in their local area, and secure much-needed affordable housing for the long-term future of their community. Our partnership with Eastington CLT has culminated in reaching this important milestone and we are delighted to celebrate the start of the next stage and building homes that will meet the needs of the local community.
As part of our commitments through the Aster Foundation, our corporate social responsibility initiative set up to benefit society, we aim to support a number of rural schemes each year to ensure the long-term future of our smallest towns and villages.”
Tom Morrison, Chair of Eastington CLT, said: “The delivery of this scheme demonstrates how local residents were able to play an important role in shaping the future provision of affordable housing in Eastington. In partnership with Aster Group and with the support of Stroud District Council and Homes England, we were able to choose a site and housing mix that put community needs ahead of profit. We will draw a lot from our experience of what was an ambitious maiden project for Eastington CLT and will continue to take a pro-active approach to address the identified housing need in our local community.”
Mathew Vye, E G Carter & Co Ltd Associate Director: “We are delighted to have supported both Aster and the Eastington CLT to secure planning permission for this affordable housing development in Eastington and we are looking forward to delivering the new homes in 2020. The pre-contract phase of the project has been a fantastic advertisement for collaborative working to create a strong team base to take into the construction phase and we look forward to seeing the benefit this development will bring to the local community.”
Councillor Chas Townley, Chair of Stroud District Council’s Housing Committee said: “It’s great to see these much-needed homes being delivered by the Eastington Community Land Trust. They have worked so hard to identify the local housing needs, prepare a very successful planning application and work with Aster to get the development on site. Stroud District Council successfully secured £443,000 in infrastructure funding for the site through Homes England. We encourage communities throughout the district to work together to provide community-led housing and can provide advice and some financial support to help schemes on their way as we have done at Eastington.”
The homes are expected to be complete by Winter 2020.