Representatives from ourselves, Knightstone and South Gloucestershire Council were joined by Steve Webb, MP for Thornbury and Yate, at the opening event on Friday. This was part of the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week.
The event took place on the site of the new homes, with a ribbon cutting and tour of one of the homes. The homes are both currently occupied, and are managed by us.
Knightstone worked with Gloucester-based Markey Construction to develop the new houses for affordable rent, to meet demand for affordable rural housing in the area. Knightstone worked in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council who contributed free land and £50,000 towards the scheme. The development also received an additional £70,000 of HCA funding.
The development was officially opened by Nick Medhurst, Chair of the Board at Knightstone, Cllr Matthew Riddle, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Adults and Housing Committee, and local Ward Member at South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr John O’Neill.
Nick Medhurst said: "Knightstone is committed to providing more rural housing and we’re working closely with South Gloucestershire Council and other local authorities to achieve this.
"We’ll continue to play our part in keeping South Gloucestershire’s rural communities thriving, as we develop more homes in the area."
Cllr Riddle said: "Providing affordable housing for our rural communities is a priority for the council and I’m delighted that through our partnership with Knightstone Housing we’ve been able to open these two new homes in Falfield."
Merlin’s Development Manager, Peter Crouch said: "We’re always looking for opportunities to increase the amount of rural homes we manage, so are delighted to be working in partnership with Knightstone Housing to give two families an affordable home."
Rural Housing Week aims to raise awareness of rural housing issues and to showcase the many examples of fantastic homes that have been built up and down the country in rural communities.