Affordable Homes for Local Tenants

Hampton in Arden, Solihull


The George Fentham Trust

Floor Area (sqm)

Value (£m)

The George Fentham Trust are a Charitable Trust who provide affordable housing specifically for the residents of Hampton In Arden, so they can afford to remain in the community. etc Design Ltd were selected for this project due to our past experience of delivering affordable housing schemes and the Trust wanted a sympathetic development that avoided the typical housing developer approach and more closely reflected the character of the village.

A housing need survey was undertaken by the Trust which identified a requirement for 2 and 3 bedroom properties. The Trust required the homes to be to ‘Life Time Homes’ and ’Secure by Design’ compliant with an aspiration towards Passivhaus principles. They also required the homes to be a larger footprint than typical for an affordable home and to use quality materials to reflect those typical of the area.

etc Design Ltd ,in consultation with the Trust and Local Authority, developed a scheme proposal for 9 dwellings on a rural site within the conservation area, consisting of a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom detached, semi-detached and terraced properties. All properties were of a unique design, taking architectural references from the local area. The properties also featured southerly views towards open countryside and good sized gardens. The site included a community pond which assisted with providing stormwater attenuation for the development as well as providing a tranquil place for residents and the wider community to enjoy the wildlife of the area.

etc Design Ltd were appointed for both architectural and principal designer services which included; arranging visits for Trust members to view completed projects, assisting with other consultant and specialist appointments, pre-application discussions with local authority, development of alternative scheme options for the site, obtaining planning approval of agreed scheme and development of the technical design for each dwelling type.


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West Midlands
United Kingdom WV5 9DH

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