At the end of October we were delighted to be able to celebrate the Scheme Opening at Bakers Field, Brent Knoll. Parish Councillors and our Local Authority Partners were invited to view the new homes and jointly celebrate the finished outcome of a lot of hard work by all involved. We were delighted that some of our new residents were able to join us at the event and to spend time talking to them and hearing how much their new home means to them.
The development is made up of 15 homes, including 6 open market homes to cross subsidise the 7 affordable rent and 2 shared ownerships. It is the product of an excellent collaboration between Sedgemoor District Council Housing Development Team, Brent Knoll Parish Council, EG Carter, CGP Architects and Willow Tree Housing Partnership.
EG Carter have worked hard to build these new homes to a high standard that will benefit the future occupiers and the site received a Certificate of Compliance from the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Willow Tree Housing Partnership have undertaken video interviews at various stages of the development to maintain the story of how the plans were transformed into this unique development and the final video will be made available shortly.
The first work to bring this site forward started in 2017 when a steering group in the village was formed. This group identified a clear need for additional affordable homes in the village and they worked tirelessly to secure the opportunity that led to the construction of this development.
Work commenced on site in March 2020 after extensive mitigation work to rehome a local watervole population! Work on site was short lived as the Coronavirus pandemic gripped and brought construction to a halt until May that year. Further delays related to Covid isolation periods, materials and road adoption agreements have all been overcome so that we will shortly be able to welcome residents to their new homes!
The scheme has attracted funding from both Homes England and Sedgemoor District Council and offers a range of size and tenure properties.