More affordable homes to be built in the Cotswolds for ‘local people’

MORE affordable, low-carbon homes will be built in the Cotswolds after a new partnership was formed.

In the first development of the partnership between Cotswold District Council and Bromford housing association, homes will be built on a small plot of land in Down Ampney.

Leader of the council Joe Harris said he wants the new homes to be built for ‘local people’.

He said: “Through this partnership with Bromford, we are pushing the boundaries of what can be delivered.

“However this won’t just be a partnership between us it will be a partnership with the communities where the homes will be developed. 

“We want to take a different approach to working with local communities at the very early stages of design so the developments truly work for the areas they are built in.

“These will be local homes for local people and we are making sure these houses are truly affordable to buy, cheaper to run and cause much less damage to the environment.

“We will be using land owned by the council to build these houses and set a much higher standard than what we see from many housing developers.

The proposed homes at Down Ampney will be built on a site adjacent to Duke’s field behind the football club – which has stood empty for many years.

The council housing scheme joins several other developments that have already been put forward in the village.

A CDC spokesperson said: “Housing plans for Duke’s Field were controversial with many residents fearing that the distinct character of the village may be destroyed.

“The council-led development will look to use new technology to reduce the carbon footprint of the homes and their electricity needs, making them more affordable for tenants.

“One of the main purposes of the development will be to demonstrate it is possible to build these types of homes within budget, with many developers claiming they are unable to deliver them in a normal development for cost reasons.”

Emma Flood, partnership manager at Bromford said: “We’re delighted to be working with CDC to bring these new affordable homes to Down Ampney.

“Using more sustainable building methods is a key focus for us going forward as demonstrated by the appointment of two partners to provide homes using modern methods of construction.

“Hopefully, these new homes will be the start of a closer working relationship with the council to provide more sustainable, affordable homes to communities across the Cotswolds.”

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