The people of Hook Norton have generated an innovative community-led project of affordable homes that will have a positive impact on the environment and the local community. An opportunity arose when the local Low Carbon group identified a piece of neglected and overgrown land owned by the council and the seed was sown to develop an affordable and sustainable housing project for those in need and with a strong local connection.
An extensive community engagement process has shaped the project throughout its development through a series of interviews, surveys and open meetings, and a planning application has now been submitted. With an ambitious sustainability strategy at its heart, the project has set itself the target of being carbon neutral both during construction and occupation.
The final design, approved by the Hook Norton community and board of the Hook Norton Low Carbon Trust, seeks to create 12 dwellings centred around a shared landscape. A requirement for a community building, accessible at all times, was identified early on in the community engagement process and a multi-use space, community cafe, laundry and overflow bedrooms have been created along with a workshop space and ‘library of things’ available to all Hook Norton residents.