Planning permission granted for 238 new homes site in Highworth

By Barrie Hudson - 10 June 2024

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  • An image of a Honeymans Helm property

    An image of a Honeymans Helm property

Barratt David Wilson Homes South West has received planning approval from Swindon Borough Council for a new development south of Highworth town centre.

Honeymans Helm will feature 238 three-and-four-bedroom homes built on farmland to the east of Shrivenham Road. Properties will be released for sale this winter.

According to the firm, properties will be built in a mix of brick and reconstituted stone to add variety to the street scene. 

There will be electric vehicle charging points and swift bricks for nesting birds, and 30 per cent of homes will be made available for an affordable rent with a range of one and two bedroom apartment and two, three and four bedroom properties.

The development will be organised around a single main street with one access point from the main road. 

Bordered by a footpath through wooded green spaces, most of the existing hedgerows and trees will be preserved within spacious green corridors.

The existing Public Right of Way will be enhanced within the development. The existing public footpath adjacent to Shrivenham Road will also be extended to connect into the proposed development. 

A mix of natural and semi-natural green space and amenity spaces will provide the opportunity for recreation and relaxation while a multi-use games area and two playgrounds - one in the middle of the site and another in the eastern corner - will offer recreational opportunities.

Ralph Hawkins, managing director for Barratt David Wilson Homes South West, said: “With our commitment to design, environmental best practice and commitment to Biodiversity Net Gain, this development will be a prime example of nature and business successfully coexisting. 

"I’m sure that our commitment to the overall look and feel of the scheme, utilising features and detailing reflective of the local area will be a benchmark which other developers will strive to achieve.”

Barratt David Wilson Homes will integrate Part L energy efficiency standards at Honeymans Helm which will allow homeowners to make substantial cost savings on their energy bills. 

Mr Hawkins added: “Part L is all about making homes incredibly energy-efficient so that owners use less energy for heating, lighting, and their everyday needs, ultimately helping them to save money. 

"The new requirements see buildings having to perform to higher standards to reduce CO2 emissions by 31 percent. These measures are also an interim step towards the Future Homes Standard that will arrive in 2025.”

Features of properties at Honeymans Helm will include:

- Decentralised Mechanical Extract Ventilation (d-MEV) is designed to draw moisture-laden air out of the wet rooms such as bathrooms, utility rooms and kitchens

- Waste Water Heat Recovery Systems that work by extracting the heat from the water the shower or bath sends down the drain. The heat is used to warm the incoming mains water, reducing the strain on the boiler and the energy required to heat up water

- Argon-filled double glazing which is particularly efficient at keeping heat from escaping through windows, so properties are warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer

- Photovoltaic panels that capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity that owners can use in their homes
Highly efficient insulation to reduce heat loss

Flue gas Heat Recovery which recycles heat from flue gases, is also available on selected homes.

For further information on Honeymans Helm, people can visit

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