We’re proposing that 20% of the new houses will be ‘Starter Homes’. Starter Homes are a government initiative to provide housing at discount prices to first time buyers who could otherwise struggle to get onto the housing ladder. These will be available to purchase at a price which is at least 20% less than the open market price.
We’re proposing to offer these Starter Homes to local residents of Long Hanborough first. Under our current plans, this would mean 19 units would be available for local first time buyers to purchase at a discounted price.
In addition to the Starter Homes, we’re proposing that 30% of the properties will be Affordable Housing. These will take the form of a variety of tenures including shared ownership and affordable rented units as required by the local council.
An area around the edge of part of the site has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, or SSSI. This is because the geological strata of the ground, which was uncovered by the historic quarrying carried out, is one of the last places where this type of gravel is exposed in the area. As a result, the SSSI is of considerable educational interest.
As part of the development, Cantay Estates want to facilitate the preservation and long term management of this important local site. In addition, we are proposing to provide access to viewing points for the public, which could create a new educational resource for schools, interest groups and the wider area.
A significant portion of the site will remain undeveloped. We are proposing to allocate a large area as accessible green space, which could be used for a number of different purposes such as a play area or for food growing.
We haven’t yet decided on the exact use of this space and would welcome your ideas at this stage.
Building new homes would create new foot and cycle paths through the site which would link into the existing network. This would enhance connections between Long Hanborough, Freeland and areas of open countryside and would benefit the entire local community, not just new residents.
Our current plans are to provide a footpath linking Churchill Way to the existing footpath running to the west of the site as well as links from this path through the site to Church Road.
The site currently has little ecological value because of its former use as a gravel pit, which removed much of the native plants and wildlife.
Our proposals include the planning of new plants and trees, including a green belt through the middle site. We think this is an excellent opportunity to enhance the biodiversity of the site and create new habitats for local species of wildlife.