TREE PLANTING CEREMONY CELEBRATES NEW £700,000 AFFORDABLE HOUSING SCHEME IN TIBBERTON
Bramble Close is located in the rural village of Tibberton, eight miles north-west of Gloucester, and will provide six homes for affordable rent and two homes for low-cost home-ownership.
In early 2014, Guinness Hermitage purchased the disused land which came with planning permission from a private owner. The homes have been built by contractor Speller Metcalfe and with the support of a Homes & Communities Agency grant of £90,926, and reflect the local architecture of the surrounding area.
Ryan Hosken, Guinness Hermitage Head of Development said about the new homes: “We are pleased to be able to provide this much needed affordable housing for the residents of Tibberton and the local area. Bramble Close is an example of a modern, high quality development that respects and integrates well with its rural setting.
“We were able to thank all those involved in the project at the tree-planting ceremony, in particular members of the local community who were supportive throughout the design and development phases. We hope that the residents will enjoy living in their new homes. ”
Jane Horne, Ward Councillor for Tibberton attended the event alongside Lawrence Davis, Chairman of Tibberton Parish Council, local residents and the project team. She has long been a campaigner of the scheme and said: “Most people have a misconception about the residents of affordable housing schemes, and often get the wrong idea.
“These are local people and the houses fulfil a local housing need. They have been carefully designed to enhance the village and most importantly, keep the village alive with the next generation of families and younger residents.”
Matt Brown, Living Director at Speller Metcalfe explained the impact of the homes on their residents: “Every property has been built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, which means they are built to be energy efficient as well as delivering on high quality. Because of the rural location, the project team has also implemented enhanced safety measures, which exceed police recommendations under the Secure by Design initiative.