Mursley Affordable Housing Scheme Opening

21/03/2013
An affordable housing development was officially opened in Mursley by John Williamson, ex Chairman for Mursley Parish Council last week. Taylors Corner, in Mursley, consists of eight affordable homes for the local community.

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The scheme was built on land made available by Graham Bonham & Susan Harris. Mursley Parish Council invited the Rural Housing Enabler and Hastoe to explore the possibility of an affordable housing project following an identified housing need in the area.

The scheme tenure is:

For rent:     2 one bedroom flats
                   2 two bedroom houses 
                   1 three bedroom house

For shared ownership:  
                   3 two bedroom houses

The Parish Council and the District Council were in full support of the scheme, which is a rural exception site development, meaning that priority for the affordable houses is for local people now and in the future.

The scheme has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Features include: Photovoltaic panels on the roofs which provide some free electricity to the residents, Passivent whole house ventilation systems, very high levels of insulation and air tightness to reduce the need for space heating, water saving taps and shower fittings, low energy lighting, recycling facilities and cycle storage in sheds.

Housing Association:         Hastoe
Parish Council:                  Mursley
Rural Housing Enabler:     Jean Fox, Community Impact Bucks
Local authority:                Aylesbury Vale District Council
Architect:                          David Parker Architects
Contractor:                       VE Parrott (Oakley) Limited
Employer’s Agent:            Sweett Group
 
Gerry Gallaghers, Chairman of Mursley Parish Council, said: “A village is all about community spirit and I believe this development will be an asset for the village. This will allow people who might otherwise have had to look elsewhere for housing to remain part of our vibrant community.”

Kevin Hartnett, Business Development Director at Hastoe said: “We are delighted to have delivered these homes for the community, where affordable homes are much-needed and private rents and home ownership can be out of reach. At Hastoe, we can deliver homes that people can afford, we invest in people and communities and we are in it for the long-term.”

With support from the Homes and Communities Agency and Aylesbury Vale District Council the homes were completed in December 2012.

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