Cottsway Housing Association Completes New Affordable Homes in Langford
The Oxfordshire Rural Housing Partnership adds to its track record in delivering much-needed new homes for local people
ORHP members Cottsway Housing Association and West Oxfordshire District Council (which made the land available) worked closely to deliver this Rural Exception Site development. Part grant-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, the eight affordable homes will be allocated to those in affordable housing need with a local connection to Langford and Filkins. The properties are a mix of one, two and three-bedroomed houses.
The planning application was submitted in 2007 but legal complications led to substantial delays and final planning permission was not awarded until Spring 2011. Work started shortly afterwards and the homes were completed in March 2012.
The ORHP seeks to maximise community input on all its developments and Langford was no different. Throughout the development process, from initial consultation to completion of the homes, the Parish Council was very supportive, helping with a needs survey, information displays and putting on hold their own plans for the adjacent play area. Residents of The Elms generally, and the immediate neighbours in particular (including the cricket club), co-operated with contractor, Leadbitter, throughout the building period. This helped to minimise the inconvenience of a construction project at the end of a fairly narrow cul-de-sac.
The total cost of the scheme was approximately £1 million. The Social Housing Grant from the HCA provided £230k of the funding, with the remaining £770k funded by Cottsway borrowing.
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