WEST MARDEN ECO-HOUSING
Many rural communities in the UK are dissipating and local economies weakening because of an affordable housing problem.
This proposed development includes 10 new dwellings built to very high environmental standards yet kept at a low cost to provide housing for people within the community. The development will be set up and managed by local people as a CLT (Community Land Trust), with 50-60% of the 10 proposed dwellings as affordable housing. It will also include a community orchard, a small playground, a protected wildlife area and a community energy scheme.
The proposed new dwellings will include four 2-bed cottages, four 3-bed cottages, and two 4-bed cottages. The internal floor area sizes will range from approximately 70m2 to 100m2. The housing development will be at a suitable scale and density for this rural village, avoiding the feel of urbanisation. The style and character reflect that of the original village, while also including contemporary lifestyle and design elements. The design and materials have been sensitively chosen to increase energy efficiency using the solar
orientation and excellent levels of insulation, and further reduce environmental impact using natural building principles & techniques.