Building more affordable homes in Pilton, Somerset
10 May 2022
We recently held an event to celebrate breaking ground on the second phase of our development in Pilton, Somerset. Where Michael Eavis, the founder of the Glastonbury Festival, has donated part of his land to help meet local housing need.
Working with contractor EG Carter & Co Ltd, we completed the first phase of 19 social rent homes at Margaret Bondfield Close back in 2018 and are now starting the work on an additional 20 homes, which will also be for social rent. Mr Eavis has donated the land on the condition that the homes will always serve the local community.
A local connection
The development is being supported by funding from Homes England and, as well as donating the additional land, Michael Eavis has also contributed £275,000 to the scheme.
We are grateful to Mr Eavis for donating the land and supporting this development. This scheme is a great example of collaborative working, and we are delighted to be able to continue to provide much needed affordable housing in this rural area.
Michael Eavis said: “Pilton is really important to me – it’s where I was born, where I have lived man and boy, where I have brought up my family, and, of course, it has been home to the festival for more than 50 years now. With rural house prices so often out of reach for local people, this gives villagers, most of whom are working families who live around here, the opportunity to live here for the rest of their lives at a social rent. I started to build these houses 45 years ago with funding from the government and when this scheme is finished, it will bring the total number of houses available to 52.
Of all the things I’ve done in my life this is the one I’m most proud of. The Guinness Partnership has really understood what I wanted to achieve and worked with us to ensure the houses fit with the style of the village. I’m really looking forward to seeing the houses being built, people moving in and raising a new generation to enjoy this beautiful area for years to come.
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The homes which include houses, bungalows and flats will be equipped with air source heat pumps and local natural stone will be used for cladding the buildings. We aim to complete the homes and have them available for occupation from April 2023.