Affordable homes scheme completed at Kilmington

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 July 2016

The new Dares Filed afforable homes scheme at Kilmington

The new Dares Filed afforable homes scheme at Kilmington

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Eleven much-needed affordable homes for local people to rent have been completed at Kilmington.

Eleven much-needed affordable homes for local people to rent have been completed at Kilmington.

Based on Dares Field, off George Lane, the Hastoe Housing Association scheme provides a range of properties – one four-bedroom, two three-bedroom, four two-bedroom and four one-bedroom.

In addition, two three-bedroom open-market properties are also included in the development and all the properties are constructed to near PassivHaus* standards.

Robert Aspray, regional head of development for the west at Hastoe, said: “We’re delighted to see the completion of our housing scheme in Kilmington. These homes allow local people to remain in the area that they were born in, grew up in or work in, and 11 of the homes will be held for the local community in perpetuity.”

“We have been working hard with the parish council and local authority to get this project completed and it’s great to see the homes built. The unique build style of the houses allows for eco-friendly and sustainable living for residents, which is sure to help them and the environment in the long-term.

“This housing scheme at Kilmington further demonstrates our desire to help communities retain their identity, by building affordable homes intended for local people.”

The parish council has welcomed the new homes.

It said: “The village has been seeking an affordable housing development for a number of years - it was one of the main aims of the Parish Plan published in July 2008.”

In recommending district council approval of the scheme at the planning stage, housing strategy officer Paul Lowe said: “We welcome this opportunity to provide much-needed affordable housing in Kilmington.

“This proposal will help to meet the affordable housing need as identified within the January 2014 housing needs survey.

“As this application appears to be consistent with the ‘Interim Mixed Affordable and Market Housing Position Statement’, we expect that East Devon District Council or its approved registered provider have nomination rights, with all nominations being secured via the Common Housing Register, preference being given to individuals who have a local connection with the parish of Kilmington, then cascading to named adjoining parishes, and finally the district.

“We note that, unfortunately, due to the lack of need and circumstances around the ability of individuals to secure sufficient funding, no shared ownership units are proposed.”

Passivhaus, a German term for ‘passive house’, refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings.


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