Five Warwickshire villages set to benefit from much needed affordable homes boost

Five Warwickshire villages set to benefit from much needed affordable homes boost

Warwickshire Rural Housing Association (WRHA) has announced plans to develop a potential 50 much needed affordable homes in five Warwickshire villages.

All the new properties will be built specifically for local people to help enable them to stay in the villages to which they have a connection. Work is set to start imminently on a new affordable housing development in Great Alne in partnership with Linfoot Country Homes and Orbit. Seven homes for affordable rent and 10 for local market sale are being built in Spernal Lane, with the site also comprising public open space, landscaping and an attenuation pond to store runoff water.

Five homes for affordable rent and four for local market sale are due to be competed at Weston Court in Long Compton in April. The site, which is being developed in partnership with Heyford Homes, comprises four two-bedroom homes — two houses and two bungalows, plus a three-bedroom house.

A village play area will also be sited on the scheme, which is great news for local children. Youngsters currently have to travel across Long Compton to reach the village’s only play area.

By Summer, work will also be starting on site in Claverdon, where one home for affordable rent and two for shared ownership are planned next to the village primary school. This marks Warwickshire Rural Housing Association’s first development within the built boundary of Claverdon.

At Wootton Wawen (pictured above), Warwickshire’s first Passivhaus development is progressing well. Air tests have just been carried out on the first two properties at the groundbreaking development to check airtightness and thermal insulation. The housing association is delighted that the tests are within the required Passivhaus Standard for ultra-low energy homes.

A total of 14 affordable homes are underway and each property will be individually tested at each stage to ensure they meet the stringent standard.

Plans for new affordable homes in Bearley are also in the pipeline. A public consultation is being carried out in March to gauge local support for a proposed seven affordable homes.

Derrick Dyas, Chairman of Warwickshire Rural Housing Association, commented: “We are continuing to work hard to bring affordable homes to the villages where they are most needed. Affordable properties are vital to the sustainability of Warwickshire’s rural communities and our small schemes will make a lasting difference to local people.”

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