An innovative partnership between HAB Housing, which was set up in 2007 by acclaimed designer and TV personality Kevin McCloud, and Fields In Trust is set to ensure recreational land is secured in perpetuity as part of a new housing development.
The site in Winchester, Hampshire saw McCloud and Fields In Trust Trustee Graeme Le Saux unveil a plaque to mark the safeguarding of the site which will see a community orchard, allotments, wildflower meadows and play areas included as part of the development to build new homes at the semi-rural site in the historic village of Kings Worthy.
Once completed, the development will complement existing facilities in nearby Eversley Park which included football pitches, a playground and other sports pitches such as a basketball court. It’s a project that neatly fits with Field In Trusts ambition to support new housing that provides healthy, active, outdoor recreation for residents within walking distance.
Design of the new Winchester project incorporates environmental considerations in landscape, sustainable water management and ecological aspects. Indeed, spaces for various wildlife will be maintained or encouraged and every home includes an integrated micro-habitat for bats and birds to thrive as well as enticing pollinators of the local wildflowers to the area.
Every new home will also gain from energy efficient measures while attention is paid to the implementation of self-generation through solar panels controlled by connected devices. The site will also feature a car share club to encourage better use of vehicles and reduce harmful carbon emissions.
“At HAB we set out to build beautiful homes that are a joy to live in,” said HAB Housing Founder and Chairman Kevin McCloud. “It’s a mission that we approach with real zeal. It’s not just the fantastic designs of the homes; we’ve an equally strong focus on the spaces between the buildings themselves, ensuring that we’re creating amazing places to live.
“These delightful homes are nestled by the local park, which we’re doubling in size and packing full of stuff for both our new residents and the existing community.”
Currently safeguarding over 2,600 sites, Fields in Trust’s portfolio includes a total of 30,000 acres of land including playing fields, playgrounds, and formal and informal recreational space and parkland.