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Plan for 13 affordable homes in Cotswolds

Plans have been submitted for 13 new affordable homes in a Cotswolds village.

Bromford Housing Association Ltd is seeking permission to build the zero carbon affordable homes at Down Ampney, five miles south of Cirencester.

The development site is on a vacant parcel of land to the north of the village. The plot adjoins the local football and social club to the east, with an existing access point onto the A417 and neighbouring football pitches to the north. Adjacent to the development site to the south are existing residential homes and the wider village of Down Ampney.

The proposed development will provide seven two-bedroom and six three-bedroom homes, totalling 13 new social rent homes for the district. The homes will be terraced and two storeys in height with pitched gables roofs.

A planning statement prepared by McLoughlin Planning, on behalf of Bromford, says the proposed development for 13 much-needed new affordable homes complies with the requirements of the Local Plan, Neighbourhood Development Plan, and the National Planning Policy Framework.

They quoted a statement from the leader of Cotswold District Council, Cllr Joe Harris, back in January who said: "There is an affordable housing crisis here in the Cotswolds. House prices are around 14 times higher than average earnings, and our district is one of the most expensive places to buy a home in the country. That means the need for more affordable homes is at an all-time high."

The planning statement added: "The project team has worked rigorously through technical analysis and community engagement to ensure the proposed development responds to both the existing site constraints and opportunities, whilst also listening to residents.

"In addition, the development wants to set a 'new standard' for the delivery of affordable housing, with a fabric-first approach to ensure the project delivers on meeting its target of a netzero carbon development."

The plans will go before Cotswold District Council for a decision.

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