Grand Designs' Kevin McCloud opens his show home in Stroud
THE doors have opened at a unique Stroud housing development which is the vision of Grand Design’s presenter Kevin McCloud.
The first of 78 homes on the former Cashes Green Hospital site have now been completed and Kevin McCloud was at the development yesterday to open the show home.
The redevelopment of the six-acre site by Kevin McCloud’s company Haboakus, working with Cashes Green Community Land Trust, includes the renovation of the former nurses’ home and the porter’s lodge. But, while these Edwardian buildings have been retained, the surrounding new flats and houses have embraced modern design.
Kevin said the aim had been to build homes that meet high energy efficiency and design standards, and to encourage a sense of community.
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“One thing I don’t want to see is signs saying ‘no ball games.’ Cars should not come first, people should come first,” he said. “The idea is to try to multiply up the green space and create a really high quality public realm.”
The design of the houses and flats incorporates energy efficiency as well as high ceilings and large windows.
The site, named Applewood, includes allotments, wildlife corridors and a central garden square.
The opening was attended by neighbours, future residents, councillors and members of Cashes Green Community Land Trust, which will retain the freehold for the 39 affordable homes on the site.
They took time to view the three-bed semi-detached £210,000 show home.
Lis Parker, chairman of Cashes Green Community Land Trust, said the redevelopment had been a long process.
“The vast majority of Cashes Green residents have been pleased to see something done on this site. It is fantastic that we have reached this point.”
Of the 78 flats and houses, 20 will be for affordable rent and 19 will be for shared ownership with housing association Greensquare.