MP to open new homes in Tatworth, South Somerset

What: Official opening of 8 new affordable homes
Where: Waterlake Road, Tatworth
When: Friday 7 October 2011 2.00pm to 4.15pm

David Laws MP is to plant a tree at the official opening of eight new affordable homes in Tatworth built by Hastoe Housing Association.

Comprised of six homes for rent and two for shared ownership, the two and three bedroom houses have been built to help address the housing need of local people. The scheme has been sensitively designed to minimise the impact on existing homes and on the environment generally with gas fired boilers supported by solar panels and a whole house hear recovery system to further reduce energy use.
They were supported with a £510,000 investment from the Homes and Community (HCA), which has helped deliver nearly 9,000 homes in rural areas between 2008 and 2011.

Sue Chalkley, Chief Executive of Hastoe, commented: “We are grateful to the Homes and Communities Agency for the investment that helped make it possible to build these much needed new homes and to Tatworth and Forton Parish Council for their support.”

Cllr Ric Pallister, Leader of South Somerset District Council, said: "Whilst meeting housing need in our rural villages is a priority for the district council, with funding so scarce it is not easy, so I am delighted that Tatworth has made it. Demand will always exceed supply but schemes such as this make communities more viable and enable young people from our villages to remain within their communities and a lot of effort has gone into developing and delivering this scheme. By working with the people of Tatworth, the parish council and the district council, Hastoe has delivered a first class scheme that everyone involved can be proud of."

Asad Butt, HCA area manager, added: “Supporting new homes in rural communities is important to us, because we understand the impact they can have on sustaining villages preventing people from moving out of area which they have lifelong ties with.

“This important scheme is a small step, but will make a huge difference to the people who will benefit from the homes. We have been very happy to support this scheme and I’m pleased that we have been able to show Mr Laws the positive impact that partners have made on this community.”

The land was sourced from Perry St Club & Institute. The contractor is Brookvale Homes (SW) Ltd, the architect PR Design and the employer’s agent Baker Ruff.
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