English Rural Housing Association’s new development of 10 affordable homes at Burstow Gardens, on the Surrey, Sussex border was officially opened at 2.00pm on Thursday 8th December by Cllr Liz Cutter past Chair of Burstow Parish Council and a key driving force behind the new homes.
A mixture of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom properties for rent, the new homes were completed in completed in June this year after a build programme of 12 months.
A legal agreement prohibits the homes from ever being bought or sold and prioritises the allocation of the homes to households with a connection through residence or employment with the Parish of Burstow.
Funding for the £1.7 million scheme was provided by English Rural with contributions of £150,000 and £100,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency and Tandridge District Council respectively. The land was made available by Burstow Parish Council.
The design utilises a small palette of traditional materials found in the locality, plain clay tiles, brown bricks, black weatherboard combine which with simple fenestration and landscaping scheme careful landscape to create a high quality residential development.
Through design features such as high levels of insulation, photo voltaic panels, generating electricity for residents, the dwellings achieved Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Commenting on the success of the development Adrian Maunders, Chief Executive of English Rural, said: –
“The ten new homes in Burstow are an example of what can be achieved if local partners work together to tackle the affordable housing crisis affecting our villages.