Lord Gardiner to Open Marsh Gibbon Housing Scheme

24/05/2012
PHOTOCALL release
Event: 12noon - 2pm
Speeches begin: 12.30pm

Lord Gardiner of Kimble is officially opening a stunning new housing development built by Hastoe, in Piece Close, Marsh Gibbon, on Friday 25 May. A recent LABC Innovation Award winner, Marsh Gibbon is a must-see, high-quality scheme.

It will be an even bigger occasion as we celebrate Hastoe’s success in providing affordable homes in more than 200 villages.

Piece Close is a scheme of eight homes, including two 1-bedroom flats and two 2-bedroom houses for rent and two 2-bedroom flats and two 2-bedroom houses for shared ownership. As a rural exception site development, priority for the affordable houses is for local people now and in the future.

The scheme has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and the homes have sustainable features including solar panels producing electricity, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and solar thermal hot water systems.

As well as Lord Gardiner, Executive Director and Board Member of Countryside Alliance; Cllr Ian Metherell, Chairman of Marsh Gibbon Parish Council; Sue Chalkley, Hastoe Chief Executive and Clive Wicks, Hastoe Board Member, will also make short speeches on the day.

As background information, Marsh Gibbon Parish Council was aware of the lack of affordable housing and the impact this was having on the community, so approached Hastoe and the Rural Housing Enabler. A survey revealed a housing need so the homes were built on land made available by The Ewelme Trust.

With support from the Homes and Communities Agency and Aylesbury Vale District Council, the homes were completed in October 2011.

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