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Village says 'no' to more affordable homes
The majority of residents in Kingstone are opposed to a sustainable housing development in the village, a parish council has said.
Kingstone and Thruxton Parish Council said 97 per cent of those attending a meeting to discuss Archihaus’ plans for possibly more than 100 homes in Kingstone were against the fledgling idea.
The council says the village already has a higher-than-county average of affordable homes, adding that any building work on the earmarked plot off the B4349 should not be rushed.
Archihaus’ plans for the new estate include homes being built at an off-site ‘house factory’ and transported to Kingstone.
Archihaus director Jonathan Hines said the firm says it “understands and appreciates” local concerns, adding: “We are exploring a range of possibilities that could bring significant investment in existing and new community facilities, and in potential employment opportunities, into the village.”
“Our target is to be able to sell houses on the open market at a price which local people, particularly young people and elderly people, can actually afford”.