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Tree Planting at Wimbish and Hatfield Heath marks Rural Housing Week

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In celebration of Rural Housing Week, a tree was planted at both of Hastoe Housing Association’s Hatfield Heath and Wimbish housing developments – the events were attended by both Hastoe staff and members of the Uttlesford District Council.

Hatfield Heath, now just over a year old, has 11 of its 14 units built to PassivHaus. Wimbish, built five years ago in June, is also built to PassivHaus standards. Hastoe recently completed a second phase of homes close to the present Wimbish development.

Cllr Julie Redfern, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing said, “Uttlesford has a proud history of working with its housing association partners to deliver affordable rural homes. We have been providing rural exception sites for 25 years.

“Affordability is a big issue in this district and this is one way of addressing that need. The impact of these types of developments specifically keeps families together and allows people to be part of the community to which they have a connection.”

Chairman of the Uttlesford District Council, Cllr John Davey, said, “Affordable rural homes provide an invaluable resource in keeping communities alive and family networks intact. We don’t just see houses in these areas, but a community, one that is able to support the wider social and economic functions of the parish.”

John Lefever, Regional Head of Development for the east at Hastoe said, “We were pleased to attend the tree planting events, hosted by the Chairman of the District Council. These events at Wimbish and Hatfield Heath recognise the success of Rural Exception Sites – over the years these sites have helped local people stay within their communities, in high quality affordable to run homes”.