Commemorative mosaic unveiled in Chrishall to open new affordable housing scheme

Sir Alan Haselhurst joined with representatives from Hastoe Housing Association, Uttlesford District Council and Chrishall Parish Council yesterday (Monday 3 July) to officially open a new affordable housing development in Chrishall, Essex.
The scheme was officially opened by unveiling a commemorative mosaic and plaque designed by children from the local primary school. The students were also on hand after the event to display work showing how they helped move a population of great crested newts from the site to their new habitat ahead of construction.

Langford Drive, Chrishall, is a rural development of four dwellings for affordable rent, helping to ease the local housing need by providing homes only for those with a strong local connection to Chrishall.

Each home is built to AECB Silver Standard, which ensures that the housebuilders follow environmentally responsible practices for high-performance buildings. The properties have also been fitted with additional insulation, triple glazed windows and Air Source Heat Pumps for residents to benefit from lower energy costs.

The event kicked off Hastoe’s activity in the East region around Rural Housing Week (3-7 July), which highlights how vital new housing is for people in rural areas and for the survival of their communities.

Sir Alan Haselhurst said: “It was a pleasure to be involved once again with Hastoe in the opening of another rural housing scheme in Uttlesford.

“The development at Chrishall fits perfectly with local need and has been carried out to a high standard of design and environmental efficiency. 

“Congratulations are due to everyone who played a part in bringing this elegant project to completion”.

 Hastoe Group Chief Executive Sue Chalkley said: “In Chrishall and all over the country, rural communities are declining as local people have to leave in search of somewhere affordable to live. We are delighted to have provided these much needed new homes for the Chrishall community, as they will remain affordable and prioritised for local people in perpetuity.

“We firmly believe that rural housebuilding can be key to the survival of vital community assets and services – such as schools, post offices and shops – so it was great to new have members of the local community and also students from the local school here with us today to celebrate this wonderful occasion."

Cllr Tom Jackson, Chair of Chrishall Parish Council, said: Chrishall Parish Council is delighted to have worked closely with Hastoe and Uttlesford District Council to provide much needed low cost, high quality housing for young families in the village. We are particularly pleased that the scheme included creation of new habitats and wildlife refuge areas that the local school could be involved with.”




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