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St Mary's Park, Dilly Lane

The site

Situated on eight hectares (19.46 Acres) of land at Dilly Lane, Hartley Wintney, the green field site is well contained by mature field boundaries.

Planning permission was achieved by Barratt Homes in July 2007. The site includes around six hectares (14 acres) of land allocated as a Special Area of Natural Green space (SANG) for informal recreation, such as dog walking, to help protect wildlife on the nearby Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA).

The scheme

Hart District Council regularly reviews the housing needs of the area and surveys were carried out in 1994, 1998 and 2003. Each successive survey shows an increase in the number of households unable to afford access to the housing market in Hart. The 2003 survey indicates that Hart is an affluent area with nearly 60% of households having incomes in excess of £30,000 as opposed to a national percentage of 24.5%. However, the average price for a property in the district is £227,000 ranging from £317,000 for a detached house to £152,000 for a flat or maisonette.

This development, designed in two phases which blend together with the private homes, will provide 170 new homes of which 68 (40%) are affordable, 40 for rent including:

  • 12x 1 bed flats
  • 19x 2 bed houses
  • 9x 3 bed houses

Two of the homes for rent are reserved for residents with impaired mobility and will be adapted to suit their specific needs, options include a level access wet room and low level kitchen units.

28 homes are for part buy–part rent providing:

  • 8x 1 bed flats
  • 15x 2 bed houses
  • 5x 3 bed houses

Features

Homes are built using traditional construction methods built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, and are compliant with Part 2 of Secured By Design.

Informal open space will be developed and a local equipped area of play (LEAP) with five types of play equipment located within a walking time of 5 minutes from home. All Houses and maisonettes have their own private gardens and sheds fitted with bicycle hoops.

Solar PV panels will be fitted where the orientation of rooflines is suitable. Homes not suitable for solar PV will be fitted with a Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery System. Both will help residents save money on their energy bills.

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