Cllr John Griffiths MBE Officially Opens Bardwell

Cllr John Griffiths MBE, Leader of St Edmundbury Borough Council, officially opened a new affordable Hastoe housing development in Spring Road, Bardwell, on Friday 6 July.


The event was a great success and was opened with the planting of a cherry tree in the wild flower area for communal use. A new village sign was also unveiled on the green with live music by a local Jazz band playing in the background.

Bardwell is an outstanding scheme of 8 new homes, including 6 for rent and 2 for shared ownership. Working in partnership with the local authority, the homes were allocated to people who have a strong connection to the parish. As a rural exception site development, priority for the houses is for local people now and in the future.

The scheme has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. The homes were designed to help prevent residents from falling into fuel poverty by using the following features: Air source heat pump system, improved insulation and air tightness, water saving taps and shower fittings, low energy lighting, recycling facilities

Bardwell Parish Council was aware of the impact that the lack of affordable housing was having on the community so invited Hastoe and the Rural Housing Enabler, Suffolk Acre, to explore a local needs project. A housing needs survey resulted in these eight homes being provided on land made available by Suffolk County Council.

Also in attendance at the opening was Margaret Clark OBE, Hastoe Chairman, and Sue Chalkley, Hastoe CEO who made short speeches on the day.

With support from the Homes and Communities Agency and St Edmundbury Borough Council the homes were completed in May 2012.

A break-down of the property types is as follows:
For rent:
2 one bedroom houses
3 two bedroom houses
1 three bedroom house

For shared ownership:
2 two bedroom houses.

Cllr John Griffiths MBE, Leader of St Edmundbury Borough Council, commented:
“These houses are a great asset to this wonderful village, it fits in so well, but more importantly is its providing much needed houses for local people keeping local communities together, I hope this model of providing high quality homes is replicated”

John Lefever, Regional Head of Development, for Hastoe East region comments:
“We are very pleased to have built these high-quality new homes which are much needed by people in the local area. We are grateful to the local authority and the Homes and Communities Agency for the investment that helped make it happen.”