CPRE Visit to Hastoe schemes in Essex

Hastoe welcomed CPRE Chief Executive, Crispin Truman, schemes in the East of England.


Hastoe welcomed guests from the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) to some of rural schemes in Essex.

Among the guests was the new CPRE Chief Executive, Crispin Truman, who was keen to see how Hastoe delivers well-designed, energy efficient homes which were popular with the local community.

The group was guided by Hastoe Chief Executive, Sue Chalkley, as well as Head of Development, Ulrike Maccariello, and Land and New Business Manager, John Lefever.

First stop was Langford Drive in Chrishall to see four affordable rent homes built to the AECB Silver standard of energy efficiency.

The group then visited a Passivhaus development in Arkesden, with a mix of two affordable rent properties and two shared ownership houses. Passivhaus is a super-energy-efficient construction method, which reduces heating and hot water bills to as little as £10 per month.

The final stop was Munson Mill Close – Hastoe’s second Passivhaus development in Wimbish – which has made the village the UK’s rural capital of Passivhaus.


Mr Truman said:

Mr Truman, and the whole CPRE Group, praised the schemes for proving that quality, sensitive developments could be so popular in rural communities. He discussed how Hastoe and CPRE could work closely to raise the profile of rural housing and support policies to increase the number of quality homes. 

Mr Truman said:

“It was fantastic to visit these properties. It really shows how rural development should be done – quality, energy-efficient homes that are affordable for local people. The fact they are so energy-efficient is also great for tenants and the environment.”

“As Chief Executive of CPRE, one of my top priorities is campaigning for quality rural housing in the right places. Wimbish, Arkesden and Chrishall show how we can do this.

Hastoe Chief Executive, Sue Chalkley, said:

“It was a pleasure to show Crispin and the CPRE these properties. Rural areas want quality homes in the right locations – not ugly boxes dumped on the edge of a settlement. I look forward to working more with CPRE to make this case to Government.”


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