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DSDHA submits plans for Kevin McCloud homes

Television presenter Kevin McCloud’s development company HAB and DSDHA have submitted plans to redevelop a former hospital site in Cashes Green, Stroud

Landowner Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) selected HAB Oakus, a joint venture between McCloud’s company and housing group GreenSquare, ahead of seven other bidders to deliver the 78-home development in Gloucestershire last August (AJ 06.08.10).

The plans submitted to Stroud District Council include 78 new homes: 20 affordable homes for rent; 19 affordable homes for shared ownership; and 39 for sale on the open market.

Speaking after the plans were submitted, McCloud said: ‘Working up the planning application for Cashes Green has been challenging and enjoyable.

‘The consultations we held with local people revealed a great deal about the site – how people remembered the old hospital and how they valued the orchard trees and former allotments. Those views altered what we did and so the plans we’re submitting keep the old three-storey building on the site and the lodge.

He added: ‘We will be also be reusing materials that we’re salvaging from existing buildings, and leaving some of the structures standing as memorable ‘archaeology’. We’ve already conducted a survey of fruiting trees and are creating a haven for slow worms on the site now.

‘The most exciting news is that we’re going to be able to bring the allotments back into use this spring - many months before we even begin work on the adjacent hospital site - using a temporary separate entrance.

“I’m personally looking forward to seeing the creation of a ‘One Planet’ sustainable neighbourhood in Cashes Green and seeing the work we do ripple out across the existing neighbourhood, enriching the existing amenities there.”

As part of the agreement, Hab Oakus intends to build all the homes to meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The designs by DSDHA and landscape architects Studio Engleback:

  • Incorporate re-use of some of the existing old hospital buildings.
  • Deliver a new building linked to community allotment gardens provided as part of the scheme.
  • Introduce a green tree-lined ‘spine’ across the neighbourhood with edible landscaping in public areas.
  • Include ecological measures to protect local bat, slow worm and badger populations.

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