Homes of Our Own are very happy to announce that Seend Community Land Trust have taken a huge step forward with the formal granting of planning permission for affordable homes in the parish. Wiltshire Council approved the plans for the 11-home project, which includes one self-build home and ten affordable homes to enable local people to be housed in the village.
The scheme will be built at Park Farm in Seend Cleeve and will be built to Passivhaus standard. The cost of running the homes will be much lower than equivalent new properties, because the homes have been designed to be highly energy efficient and meet Passivhaus standards This high design standard has been possible due to funding and support from Homes England and Wiltshire Council, together with investment by White Horse Housing Association.
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The homes range from one to four-bedroom properties. Seven of the properties will be available on an affordable rented basis and 3 will be offered as shared ownership. Construction of the homes is hoped to commence in September 2021 and the project be completed in the autumn of 2022.
The project has been driven forward by Seend Community Land Trust, a community organisation with over 250 members. Over the last few years Seend Community Land Trust has worked closely with the Wiltshire and Swindon community-led housing hub (Homes of Our Own), White Horse Housing Association and PKA Architects to progress the scheme to this stage.
If you have a local connection to Seend and are interested in applying for one of the homes, please register your interest on Wiltshire Council’s housing register at www.homes4wiltshire.co.uk and also with White Horse Housing Association by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Park Farm development see www.seendclt.org.uk.