Village homes plan ready for consideration
AFFORDABLE homes could be on the way to a rural village in Stroud.
Proposals for 24 houses at Cambridge, half of them for either rent or shared ownership, are about to be formally submitted for permission from Stroud District Council.
The scheme off Dursley Road in Cambridge would allow local people to stay living locally, say the Guinness Hermitage and First Step Homes, the partnership behind the idea.
Villagers were first made aware of the suggested development at a presentation in the summer.
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But Cambridge resident Mandy Keedwell said she was "very concerned" and "alarmed" by the move.
"I did attend the meeting ... I felt they had not expected to come up against as many people that were against their plans of 24 houses," Mrs Keedwell said.
"I was informed if the 24 houses went ahead that the White Lion may re-open and a shop would be built within the village. I have never heard so much rubbish in my life," she said.
Senior development manager at Guinness, Nikki Tillett said: "I think it is a really exciting scheme . There is really a need for affordable housing in rural locations."
Guinness and First Step recently completed a successful similar scheme in Cheddar and Ms Tillett said: "In an ideal world they would be 100 per cent affordable ... but we have to cross subsidise.
"We are trying to promote village life," Ms Tillett said.
Bernadette Warwick, also from Guinness, said cross subsidy meant the sale of the other dozen homes on the Cambridge site, on the open market, to help fund the affordable ones.
"The site is well-connected to the existing village, is level and relates well to the village facilities," Ms Warwick said.
"Currently we envisage being able to submit within the next month."