52 reasons to celebrate as affordable homes open in Fairford

Fairford Gate, a brand new £6.6 million development of 52 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership has been officially opened by leading UK social housing provider Stonewater, in Fairford, Gloucestershire.

Stonewater worked in partnership with Cotswold District Council and Bloor Homes to deliver the much-needed homes which will help tackle the shortage of affordable housing for local people in the area.

Situated close to the town centre in Jacobs Piece, Fairford Gate will provide a mix of 36 traditionally-built rental homes offering a mix of 12 one-bedroom apartments, 12 two-bedroom houses, nine three-bedroom family houses and three large four-bedroom family houses. A further 16 homes - two, two-bedroom and 14 three-bedroom houses - will be provided for shared ownership.

The attractive and traditionally designed Cotswold homes, which are exclusively for local people with a connection to Fairford, were constructed using local trades, craftsmen and labour and materials.

All 52 properties are built to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes standard making them highly energy-efficient and economical to run. Each home has a fully-fitted kitchen and bathroom, a large garden, potting shed and allocated parking.

The development also features a central community allotment where residents can grow their own produce.

“We have been working closely with Cotswold District Council over the past two years to deliver these smart new homes which are helping to meet the critical demand for affordable housing in the town,” said Bob Strachan, Stonewater’s Chief Executive. “Developments like Fairford Gate are absolutely vital to preserving the long-term health and prosperity of our market towns and villages. We hope to continue our successful partnership with the Council and provide more affordable homes across the District where they are most needed.”

Cllr Sue Jepson, the CDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing, commented: “This is a lovely place to live. The houses are being constructed using attractive local reconstituted Cotswold stone and they comply with rigorous insulation standards to keep heating costs low. The interior design is very attractive and the landscaping is also very pleasing.”