Lyvennet Community Trust – Open Day

attractive modern housing at Stoneworks Garth, Crosby Ravensworth

Come along to the Lyvennet Community Trust’s Open Day to see attractive modern housing at Stoneworks Garth, Crosby Ravensworth

Come Along To Lyvennet Community Trust – Open Day

 

Stoneworks Garth, Crosby Ravensworth, CA10 3JE

 

Saturday 26th April and Sunday 27th April from 10:30am to 3pm

 

Do you need a well built and insulated modern new home in a quiet rural location ?

  Then we have just the house at our Stoneworks Garth multi award winning site at Crosby Ravensworth  

  • 2 bedroomed detached home £178,000
  • 3 bedroomed detached home with garage £225,000

Heavily insulated, double glazed, underfloor wet heating and conventional radiators upstairs, heating by air source heat pump.

Or would you like to build your own home ?

  We have the LAST two plots for sale at £76,000 and £85,500. Both plots are fully serviced, and are available with planning for 4 bedroomed homes with detached garage. Not what you want – then amend them to your design.   We will have staff on site along with our architect and a local builder to advise and answer any questions.   Come and have a look. Refreshments will be available.

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Location, location, location! EDC Planners Tour Developments In Eden District Promoting Better Understanding Of Planning Impacts

modified from  Barry Cooper’s EDC Press release by Charles Paxton

 “provision of affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing the District”

Councillor Michael Slee, Chairman of EDC’s Planning Applications Committee

“Location, location, location!” Eden District Council’s Planning Applications Committee (PAC) embarked on a tour of completed development last Friday to see how the quality and design of developments in Eden District is helping to enhance and sustain the area.

The developments the PAC visited included:

  • A slurry lagoon at South Dyke Farm, Salkeld Dykes
  • A wind turbine at Barrockside Farm, Carleton
  • Units at the Castle Retail Park, Penrith
  • Housing developments at  Clifton, Crosby Ravensworth and Kirkby Stephen.

PAC determines the most controversial and significant planning applications, ranging from housing development and industrial sites to building conversions and extensions. The quality of development being approved in the District is also helping to create and sustain jobs in the local economy and supply much needed housing.

According to EDC, research from the CBI shows that every £1 spent in the construction industry generates a £2.84 multiplier of additional benefit for the UK’s economy. In Eden District 16.7% of men are employed in construction, compared to 12.8% nationally. It is the biggest source of employment for men compared to other sectors.

The PAC team covered a lot of ground on their tour, but their visit to Crosby Ravensworth didn’t seem at all rushed.

Affordable housing need has featured prominently in the news recently and it is developments like Crosby Ravensworth’s Stoneworks Garth community led affordable housing project, Kirkby Stephen’s and Clifton’s social housing that offer hope to people looking for affordable local housing in Eden while producing the valuable chain of economic benefit. The mood was light, but the Planner’s visit was intelligently focused, with plenty of poignant questions and answers. Some homes at Stoneworks Garth are faced in local buff sandstone, others with render, the porches help unify the development. Another unifying factor at Stoneworks Garth is the  environmentally friendly heating.

Renewable heating in each home distinguishes this development. With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s announcement this week that anthropogenic influence on climate change is an undeniable reality, the heating systems in this affordable housing project render it exemplary. When one planner wondered “Where are the chimneys?” David Graham, Chair of the local community land trust explained,”These are modern homes, there are no coal fires, so they don’t need chimneys.” Coupled with good insulation, the air-source heat pumps provide comfortable, clean modern heating efficiency. The self-builds here are eco-friendly too with solar thermal and solar photovoltaic panels and biomas heating. Very fitting, set as they are, in the beautiful Lyvennet Valley countryside.

David Graham, Chairman of the Lyvennet Community Trust and Chair of the national Community Land Trusts' Association describes the historical progress of the Stoneworks Garth community housing project in Crosby Ravensworth

“The gardens are looking more established now, the houses more ‘lived in’. People are stamping their mark on these homes,” says David Graham (left), Chairman of the Lyvennet Community Trust and Chair of the national Community Land Trusts’ Association describing the historical progress of the Stoneworks Garth community housing project in Crosby Ravensworth to visiting PAC members including the head of planning (centre left) and the PAC Chair (centre right)

EDC Planners from PAC view ecologically friendly housing at Stoneworks Garth, Crosby Ravensworth,

“Where are the chimneys?” EDC Planners from PAC view ecologically friendly housing at Stoneworks Garth, Crosby Ravensworth,

EDC PAC Planners admiring an exterior-mounted intake unit for a Mitsubishi Air-source heat pump at The Lyvennet Community Trust's Stoneworks Garth development in Crosby Ravensworth.

EDC PAC Planners and Parish Councillor Gordon Bowness admiring an exterior-mounted intake unit for a Mitsubishi Air-source heat pump at The Lyvennet Community Trust’s Stoneworks Garth development in Crosby Ravensworth.

Such housing, within easy walking distance of the Primary school, Community pub, Village Hall and Parish Church affording a great start for young families but also a useful opportunity for mature people needing to downsize and remain in the area that they love.

Of the tour, Councillor Michael Slee, Chairman of the PAC said: “It is very important for committee members to have a good knowledge about the quality and types of development that are taking place in the District. We also need to garner people’s views about these developments and recognise the important role planning plays in promoting good quality design and sustaining the local economy. This tour gave members the chance to visit a variety of different types of development from new housing and retail premises, to wind turbines and a slurry lagoon.

“We had the opportunity to view an affordable home that is nearing completion at a Story Homes’ development at Kirkby Stephen. This will be of particular interest to the committee as the provision of affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing the District. We also spoke with representatives from parish councillors on the tour, so they could feedback the views of the local community about the developments we visited.”

In the last full year Eden District Council granted approval for 207 new homes to be built in the District, this includes 34 affordable homes. Story Homes are building 106 new homes at developments at Birkbeck Gardens, Kirkby Stephen and Clifton Hill Gardens, near Penrith.

Claire Bainbridge and nine month old daughter Grace, welcome representatives from Kirkby Stephen Town Council, Eden District Council and Story Homes for a tour of the new market led and affordable housing at Birkbeck Gardens, Nateby Road, Kirkby Stephen.

Claire Bainbridge and nine month old daughter Grace, welcome representatives from Kirkby Stephen Town Council, Eden District Council and Story Homes for a tour of the new market led and affordable housing at Birkbeck Gardens, Nateby Road, Kirkby Stephen. EDC Photo

A local young person who has purchased one of the market led houses at the Story Homes site at Kirkby Stephen said: “This development gave me and many other young people the opportunity to buy a first home in and around the area that we were raised, the existing stock on the market in the smaller villages and towns in Eden is not within a realistic price range for a first time buyer. It’s great to see how quickly the houses are being snapped up by young local people and this shows an obvious need.”

A spokesperson for Story Homes said: “Demand on the developments in Clifton and Kirkby Stephen has been high and we have recruited local staff and sub contractors to help us deliver these much needed homes and our quality product, which is sensitive to the surroundings. We have a reputation for providing high quality private houses and we are proud that we can retain this quality in our social housing. Both developments complement and enhance the sustainable credentials of these key and local service centres, whilst delivering much needed open market and affordable housing within the Eden District.”

For more information about the local young families benefitting from the new housing at Birkbeck Gardens visit www.storyhomes.co.uk/customer-comment/mr-bainbridge

The affordable housing at Birkbeck Gardens and Clifton Hill Gardens are being managed by Riverside Housing. Riverside’s Project Manager, Becci Kenvyn said: “These properties offer much needed affordable housing for rent by local people. The two schemes address housing need by offering a mix of bungalows and houses. The provision of homes for Shared Ownership at the Kirkby Stephen site, offer a fantastic opportunity for local first time buyers to get on the housing ladder in an area that would have otherwise been unaffordable.”

For more information about Eden District Council visit www.eden.gov.uk or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

 

Big Society Celebrated – Andrew Stunell MP Lays First Brick On Affordable Housing Project

Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Communities and Local Government with responsibilities for Housing and the Big Society laid the first brick in the Lyvennet Community Trust's affordable housing project.

Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Communities and Local Government with responsibilities for Housing and the Big Society laid the first brick in the Lyvennet Community Trust's affordable housing project.

Tuesday 19th July – Crosby Ravensworth enjoyed a ministerial visit from Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Communities and Local Government with responsibilities for Housing and the Big Society. The rain held off as this personable gentleman laid the first brick in the Lyvennet Community Trust‘s affordable housing project. He spoke at length with members of the community about the project and was clearly impressed by the dedication, determination and drive demonstrated by Mr. David Graham, Chair of the LCT and the others members of the trust involved in having achieved so much.

David discussed the plans with the MP and Mr. Gordon Nicholson before the commemorative brick was laid.

David discussed the plans with the MP and Mr. Gordon Nicholson before the commemorative brick was laid.

There was a nice crowd and friendly atmosphere at the ceremonial brick-laying

After celebratory applause and photography Andrew walked with the crowd up to The Butcher’s Arms community pub. Here he was met in the doorway by a lad with a spade who’d paused to take a breather – the volunteers had been hard at it. Andrew inspected progress and was full of praise for the hardworking volunteers’ efforts, he then delivered a very encouraging speech in the soon-to-be completed bar area. In the course of his speech he remarked upon the exemplary nature of the project, the importance of maintaining the pub as the heart of the community and as service hub and the delightful scenery which he felt sure would be powerfully attractive to visiting patrons, of which, he declared, he expected to be one!

Opportunity knocks: Affordable Housing Project In Crosby Ravensworth Advances

Important news has just broken from the Lyvennet Community Trust in regard to their development of affordable homes in Crosby Ravensworth, one of the prettiest parishes in the Eden Valley with an active friendly community, within easy walking distance of a good school, Anglican Church, Methodist Chapel and cozy pub, also within easy access of both the M6 and A66.

The first point of note is that the LCT is now pre-qualifed as an investment partner with the National Affordable Housing Programme. I understand that this is an important step in securing grant funding and from here on in, the project is expected to advance rapidly. For more information on this please click here.

The second item of news, of more direct interest to those readers who are looking for affordable homes at the moment or in the near future is that the LCT are now inviting formal notification of interest in the project. In plainspeak, this means that if you are interested in getting one of these affordable homes then you should apply now. The architect is currently working on the outline layout for the site, which includes:

  • 8 self build plots
  • 9 affordable rented
  • 3 shared ownership

Opportunities like this are very rare. Please click here to view the LCT’s announcement and for access to the registration of interest form.