New community-led housing development approach

30/06/2014
It’s Rural Housing Week and residents have moved into their new homes at Hastoe’s first Community Land Trust (CLT) development in rural Hemyock, Devon.

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The development was built in partnership with Upper Culm CLT and promotes a new community-led approach to development.

This affordable housing scheme was the CLT’s first initiative and meets the need of families with a strong local connection to Hemyock. Hastoe has entered into a long-term lease with the CLT and will manage and maintain the houses alongside existing homes in the community.

The Upper Culm Community Land Trust was formed in 2012 from the Hemyock and Clayhidon parishes in Mid Devon and is chaired by Heather Stallard.Local developer, Andy Lehner of West of England Developments (WoED), offered the Hemyock site to the CLT for housing in 2012. Planning approval was granted in April 2013 and work started on site in July 2013 in partnership with Hastoe.

The Hemyock homes meet the Homes and Communities Agency Design and Quality Standards and are also eco-friendly, achieving the Code for Sustainable Homes level 4.

A CLT is a not-for-profit organisationrun by local volunteers to help improve or protect their neighbourhood for long-term community benefit. CLT’s are democratic and membership is open to anyone in the neighbourhood. A CLT will own, managing and develop land, homes, shops, pubs, allotments etc and will hold these in trust so that they are affordable and available for future generations. A CLT is accountable to local people.

Hemyock case studyClare Bruton-Young ,38, (pictured left) has just moved into a two-bedroom house on the Hemyock development. Clare is paying affordable rent and is living there with her two year old daughter, Charlie. She said:

“The whole process of getting the house was very easy and there was no stress. I’m a firm believer in the fact that the best things come to those wait and everything is dropping into place. It may sound corny but when I was handed the keys to the house I felt like they were the keys to our future. There is a pre-school nearby and a primary school very local for when Charlie is older. Hemyock is a gorgeous village.

“It’s such a lovely, good quality house and, for a two bed, the layout is fantastic and it’s such a useable and practical space. Charlie is getting a very big bedroom! I particularly like the kitchen as it has very nice looking cabinets and work tops. I have a friend who is a professional carpenter and he was very impressed with the finish.”

Kevin Hartnett, Business Development Director at Hastoe, said:

“We are pleased to have completed these homes for the local people of Hemyock in need of affordable housing. In areas such as this, private rents and home ownership can often be high and out of reach for some families and overall provision is scarce.

“Hastoe is passionate about involving the community in all new housing developments; however a CLT scheme is about a continuing partnership and community cohesion from the beginning of the development process, throughout the build and beyond. This is one of four CLT projects that Hastoe has been developing with funding from the HCA.”

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