Marsh Gibbon Scheme Officially Opened

Lord Gardiner of Kimble officially opened a stunning new Hastoe housing development, in Piece Close, Marsh Gibbon, on Friday 25 May. A recent LABC Innovation Award winner, Marsh Gibbon is a must-see, high-quality affordable housing scheme.

Caption above: Lord Gardiner officially opens the new Hastoe development in Piece Close, Marsh Gibbon with new residents by his side.

This was an even bigger occasion as we celebrated Hastoe’s success in providing affordable homes in more than 200 villages.

Piece Close is a scheme of eight homes, including two 1-bedroom flats and two 2-bedroom houses for rent and two 2-bedroom flats and two 2-bedroom houses for shared ownership. As a rural exception site development, priority for the affordable houses is for local people now and in the future.

The scheme has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and the homes have sustainable features including solar panels producing electricity, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and solar thermal hot water systems.

As well as Lord Gardiner, Executive Director and Board Member of Countryside Alliance; Cllr Ian Metherell, Chairman of Marsh Gibbon Parish Council and Clive Wicks, Hastoe Board Member, also made short speeches on the day.

Chairman of Marsh Gibbon Parish Council Ian Metherell, comments:

“We were very pleased to celebrate the official opening of the 8 homes at Piece Close. I would like to thank all those involved in the project – my fellow parish councilors, the housing department at Avon Vale District Council, Bucks Community Action, Ewelme and its advisers, Hastoe Housing Association and Lord Gardiner. Now that we have our Parish Plan adopted we need to conduct a survey to see whether there is a need for another similar project to come to fruition in the future.”

Kevin Hartnett, Business Development Director at Hastoe said: “We are delighted to have helped deliver these much-needed homes for the Marsh Gibbon community, where local private rents for larger homes can often be out of reach for families on modest incomes.”

As background information, Marsh Gibbon Parish Council was aware of the lack of affordable housing and the impact this was having on the community, so approached Hastoe and the Rural Housing Enabler. A survey revealed a housing need so the homes were built on land made available by The Ewelme Trust.

With support from the Homes and Communities Agency and Aylesbury Vale District Council, the homes were completed in October 2011.