Hastoe officially opens new Holne housing development and plants 1000th tree

21/10/2014
Hastoe officially opened a new affordable housing development for the local people of Holne at an event on Friday 17 October. The day also marked the planting of the 1,000th tree to join Hastoe’s orchard, which is a scheme run for residents across a number of developments in south England.
Holne openingShaun Spiers, CEO of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, officially opened the development and planted the apple tree for the enjoyment of residents.  

Little Bewden, Holne, is a rural development of seven affordable homes for rent, includingfour 2 bedroom and three 3 bedroomhouses. These homes are specifically for people with a localconnection to the parishes of Holneand Buckfastleigh West.

A housing needs survey was commissioned by the Holne and Scoriton Housing group in 2007 and a housing need was identified in 2008. Works started in 2010 and residents moved into their homes in June this year. The homes were provided on land which was kindly made available by a local landowner.

The homes were Holneconstructed by Bibio Ltd and funded by Hastoe and the Homes and Communities Agency. Architectural services were provided by Walker Newton Architecture and Employer’s Agent services were provided by Randall Simmonds LLP.

Gilly Simpson, on behalf of the Parish Councils and Housing Group, said: “Holne and Scoriton Housing Group (under the umbrella of Holne and West Buckfastleigh Parish Councils) has been working for over 10 years to achieve affordable housing for our community. It has been very hard work to achieve our goal, with plenty of ups and downs. Our original vision has come to fruition and most importantly, the tenants are so happy with their new homes.”

Shaun Spiers, chief executive at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said:“It has been a pleasure to open a shining example of well-designed, affordable and sustainable housing, and to meet residents who are now able to stay in a community they know and love. Local planning and assessment has been central to this project, and we welcome the use of rural exception sites as a way to manage the often overlooked issue of rural housing need on a small scale.

“Enabling families to stay in rural areas is crucial to keeping communities together and maintaining thriving villages. We hope that this development will be one of many providing affordable rural housing to local people in a way that prioritises good design and sustainability.”

Peter Harper, Chairman of the Dartmoor National Park Authority, said:“I am so pleased to see this development finished to such a high standard. The provision of affordable housing in the national park is always welcome to invigorate the local community and help Dartmoor thrive into the future.”

Kevin Hartnett, Business Development Director at Hastoe, said: “We are delighted to have provided these homes for the local people in Holne. In this area,private rents and home ownership can be out of reach for some families.Without the support from the Housing Group and Parish Councils this development would not have been possible. We would like to thank and acknowledge the determination these organisations have shown in making this scheme a success.”

Cllr Simon Wright, Executive Member for Environmental Health and Housing, at South Hams District Council, said: “It was a privilege to share with Holne the opening of their affordable homes. This development is an inspiring example of how the local community persevered to provide homes for local families. These homes have been built to a very high standard incorporating solar panels, air source heat source pumps and grey water collection all measures to provide lower domestic running costs. A clear example of a community, local authorities and a housing association collectively pushing the bounds to provide sustainable homes for a sustainable community.”

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