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Warwickshire landlord plans 42 “affordable” rural homes across six villages

A rural housing association has announced its plans to develop as much as 42 new “affordable” homes in six Warwickshire villages this year.

Warwickshire Rural Housing Association (WRHA) said all the new properties are being built specifically for local people to help enable them to stay in the villages in which they have been brought up.

Work will be starting on site in the South Warwickshire villages of Broom and Long Compton in February.

WRHA is working in partnership with developer, Linfoot Country Homes, to bring five properties for affordable rent and one for shared ownership to Broom. While in Long Compton, five homes for affordable rent and four for Local Market sale are being developed in partnership with Heyford Homes.

Both these developments have been made possible through funding from Stratford District Council and the Homes & Communities Agency.

Plans are moving forward for a new development in Stretton on Fosse where five homes for affordable rent, funded through the S106 affordable homes obligation, are planned.

The organisation said it anticipates that work will start on site later in the year, along with WRHA’s first development in Claverdon. Here, one home for affordable rent and two for shared ownership are planned on a site next to the village primary school.

It is also hoped that work will begin on a development of seven properties for affordable rent in Great Alne, subject to planning approval which is expected next month.

In Wootton Wawen, plans are now gathering pace for WRHA’s ground-breaking Passivhaus scheme, the first of its kind in Warwickshire.

Work should start on site in the Spring. A total of 12 properties for affordable rent and two for shared ownership are being designed and built to the rigorous Passivhaus standard for ultra-low energy buildings, in partnership with Waterloo Housing Group. The aim is to create homes which are as energy efficient as possible to reduce their ecological footprint and keep fuel bills low.

Company Secretary, Craig Felts, said: “This promises to be a very exciting year for WRHA with many development plans getting underway. These new developments will contribute to the future sustainability of Warwickshire’s small rural communities where affordable housing is in great demand and people are being forced to move away due to a lack of affordable properties.”

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