New affordable housing development opened in Great Kimble

20/06/2014
Hastoe has officially opened a new affordable housing development of nine stunning houses for local people in Great Kimble.

Kimble openingThe parish council and local authority were in full support of the scheme, called Redding Court, which is a rural exception site development, meaning that the houses are allocated to local people as a priority. Hastoe began working with Great & Little Kimble cum Marsh Parish Council back in 2009 and Mr. Chapman and Mr. Bradshaw came forward to make the site available.

The tenure mix of the development is 2 one bedroom flats, 2 two bedroom houses and 2 three bedroom houses for rent and 3 two bedroom houses for shared ownership.

The scheme is also eco-friendly and has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Other sustainable features include photovoltaic (PV) panels, improved insulation and air tightness, water saving taps and shower fittings, low energy lighting, recycling facilities, bicycle storage and water butts.

As a rural exception site development, priority for the affordable houses is for local people now and in the future.

Layla Middleton, a resident at Great Kimble, said: “I love my new home and  it has made a big difference to mine and my son’s life. Our utility bills are very low, which keeps our costs down. Before, we were living in a single room at my parents house so this is a great improvement.”

Lord Gardiner of Kimble, who officially opened the development (pictured left), said: "It was a great privilege to open this attractive development. It is another further success for Hastoe and it enhances the already fine village of Great Kimble. The key to this achievement has been working as a team: Hastoe; the landowner; builders and architect; the local authorities, the Parish Council and residents all playing their part.

“May I wish all residents at Redding Court every success and happiness and may there be many more developments such as this. Hastoe has a vital role to fulfil in securing the future for rural communities and their staff deserve every encouragement and thanks."

Kevin Hartnett, Business Development Director at Hastoe, said: “We are delighted to have delivered these much-needed homes for this community, where local private rents and home ownership can often be out of reach for some families. At Hastoe, we 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 Wycombe District Council the homes were completed in December 2013.

Housing Association:             Hastoe
Parish Council:                        Great & Little Kimble cum Marsh Parish Council
Rural Housing Enabler:         Community Impact Bucks
Local authority:                        Wycombe District Council
Architect:                                   HFP Architects
Contractor:                               VE Parrott (Oakley) Ltd
Employer’s Agent:                  Sweett Group

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