Rural housing specialist, Hastoe Housing Association has won the ‘Best Partnership (south)’ category at the Inside Housing Development Awards, which celebrates the very best of residential development all over the UK.
At the last awards, Hastoe’s collaboration with Southwold Hospital won ‘Best Community Rural Partnership’. This time it picked up the trophy for its collaboration with Lavenham Community Land Trust (CLT), an organisation set up by community leaders in Lavenham, Suffolk, fuelled by a desire to provide more affordable housing in the village.
According to Zoopla, house prices in Lavenham have risen by 43% in the past ten years, pricing many out of the market. The CLT were determined to take the future of their neighbourhood into their own hands and reached out to Hastoe to help bring their vision of affordable homes for local people to life.
Together, Hastoe and Lavenham CLT transformed a disused maintenance depot into the first community land trust development in Suffolk. The partnership delivered 18 affordable homes, which was officially opened by James Cartlidge MP for South Suffolk earlier this year, who said:
Carroll Reeve, Chair of Lavenham CLT says:
The CLT and Hastoe worked with a number of local partners to bring the development to life, including the Rural Housing Enabler at Community Action Suffolk who was commissioned to carry out a Local Housing Need survey, the Housing and Strategic Planning teams at Babergh District Council, Parsons & Whitley architects, Duncan Cameron & Hutchinson contractors, and employer’s agent Potter Raper.
Works began to demolish the existing buildings on the site in September 2017, and construction of the new homes started in March 2018. Over £3.2million was invested into the development, including £799,000 grant funding from Homes England, and £95,000 from Babergh District Council.
Now fully occupied, thirteen of the Peek Close homes were available for affordable rent and five were offered through shared ownership to help first-time buyers onto the housing ladder.
The homes at Peek Close have also been built to a high sustainability standard, making them more affordable for residents to live in and run than other homes. This is a key approach in Hastoe’s commitment towards building net zero carbon housing by 2050.