Royal visit to affordable homes in Pilton, Glastonbury

27/08/2010
22 June 2010
Pilton
On Thursday 24 June 2010, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will visit an affordable housing development at John Burns Cottages, Pilton, Glastonbury.

His Royal Highness will meet some of the local partners involved in the project, take a tour of the Hastoe development and inside one of the homes before planting a tree to commemorate the visit.

The twenty-two homes, comprising two and three bedroom houses, have been provided specifically for local people, giving local families an opportunity to rent an affordable home in their community.

Initiated by the Parish Council in 1990, the demand for housing in the village remained high after the first development of eight homes completed at Oathill Cottages in 1995. This resulted in a further fourteen homes being provided, in two stages, at John Burns Cottages. The last four homes were completed this year.

The land for all the homes was generously donated by local landowner Michael Eavis who has strongly championed affordable housing for the village, from the outset.

Margaret Clark, Chairman, Hastoe Housing Association said:

“These homes show what can be achieved to tackle the lack of affordable housing in small villages. Support from the community, the Parish and District Council and a committed landowner are the right ingredients to help sustain rural communities in the future.”

Cllr Mrs Sandra Howe, Chairman of Pilton Parish Council said:

“We are delighted to have His Royal Highness come and view the affordable homes in our community. The project, one that has developed over many years, is one we very pleased to be able to celebrate. It has made such a difference to the lives of local people.”

Built with local stone facing, quarried from Michael Eavis’s farm, the homes sit comfortably in the village landscape and are protected by a legal agreement which will ensure the opportunity to rent an affordable home is available to local people as a priority in the future.

Funding for the schemes has been jointly provided by the Homes and Communities Agency, Hastoe and Mendip District Council.

As part of the visit, His Royal Highness will visit the home of Mr & Mrs Barnett and their family.

Mrs Sarah Barnett said:

“We are looking forward to the event and sharing just a little of what it’s like to live here at John Burns Cottages, and the difference this housing project has made to our lives.”

For further information about this project and Hastoe’s work in the West region, get in touch with Louise Pounds on 01305 216 944 and lpounds@hastoe.com

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