TV presenter Kevin McCloud’s plans for new, environmentally sustainable, affordable housing in Swindon have been supported with an investment of around £2.5 million from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The national housing and regeneration agency is backing plans to build more than 40 new homes in The Triangle, off Northern Road. The plans have been put forward by Hab Oakus, a joint venture between Mr McCloud’s company Hab and housing group GreenSquare.
The team is pictured at the site in February
The investment supports the delivery of high quality new housing, built to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, with the potential to be upgraded to a higher standard in the future. It will help ensure that the delivery of the ground-breaking project moves ahead, with work expected to start on site this month.
Colin Molton, HCA regional director in the South West, said: “This is an excellent scheme which will provide high quality, affordable housing and act as a great example for other housing providers. The design of the scheme promotes sustainability and a commitment to high standards. But it also helps meet a very real need for affordable housing in the South West, which is an important factor in deciding to invest in the project.
“We are looking forward to seeing this project completed, and the first residents move into the homes.”
??Kevin McCloud, said: “As our first built project, this is an incredibly important scheme for us and it simply wouldn’t have been possible without the financial contribution from the HCA. ??“It’s fantastic to have the support of an organisation that recognises long-term sustainability, successful place-making, and thriving communities as being of intrinsic worth.”
David Ashmore, group chief executive of GreenSquare Group, said: “We are delighted that the HCA is supporting the Triangle project and that they are on board as a partner. This scheme is about more than creating new homes – it’s about creating a really strong and cohesive community from the outset. So it is really pleasing for us at GreenSquare and Hab that our vision has been endorsed by the HCA’s involvement.”
The Triangle has previously been highlighted as a leading sustainable housing project, and was backed by £840,000 investment from the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Low Carbon Investment Fund because of its use of environmentally sustainable materials.
The new homes will be available to rent and buy and have been funded through the National Affordable Housing Programme, set up to deliver new affordable homes across England.