Housing scheme is an "exciting model"
Published by Liz Reeson for Two Rivers Housing in Housing
An exciting new development has just been given the ‘green light’ in Dymock, breathing new life into the village through 20 homes, a canal basin, car park, footpath and play area for the local community.
The £3 million scheme was a landmark case for local planning legislation which aims to encourage local people to take control of their own futures, and it received strong support from the parish council and villagers.
This week, Forest of Dean District Council gave it the go-ahead, proving that local people can work together to sustain their own communities.
Two Rivers Housing, a local not-for-profit community organisation, has developed the plans in partnership with Dymock Parish Council, the landowner (Tomack Developments) and the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust.
The scheme will offer a mix of houses, flats and bungalows for sale, for low-cost rent, for market rent and for shared ownership, giving local people an opportunity to stay in this desirable Gloucestershire village.
Two Rivers’ Development Director, Matt Hunt, praised the foresight and vision of the people of Dymock, the parish council and the planning committee in embracing an exciting scheme that contributes to local regeneration.
“Dymock is well-known as a strong and self-sufficient community and I applaud the people who live there for recognising what an asset this scheme will be, helping it to continue to thrive and prosper into the future.
“This exciting project will provide fantastic new environmentally-friendly homes for people seeking an affordable home to rent and buy via shared ownership and full market purchase. The project includes the creation of the canal basin as part of the Gloucestershire and Herefordshire canal project, creating a wonderful place to live and enjoy. We are also delighted that the project will include a new play space and additional car parking to support the thriving village activities.
“I’m sure this project will serve as an exciting model for other communities right across the country that may want to learn from this and perhaps follow its lead in the future.
“It’s also good news on a wider scale as this development will help to support the local economy. Two Rivers uses local contractors and suppliers wherever possible and we look forward to making a start with this project and realising the benefits for everyone concerned.”
David Penny, Commercial and Technical Director at the Canal Trust said: “I’m over the moon at this decision. It’s a fantastic example of democracy in action.
“The parish council has been so pro-active and responsible and the project has been led by the community itself, which is excellent. When they want something, they go and sort it out for themselves which means that they get something which is right for them. It has been a pleasure for us to be able to work in this way.”
Anyone interested in finding out more detail about the project or the new homes can contact Two Rivers Housing on 0800 316 0897.
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