Scheme to provide housing for army personnel gets green light
National planning consultancy Boyer has supported Taylor Wimpey Bristol in obtaining reserved matters approval to deliver 257 dwellings at Innsworth, near Gloucester.
The planning application was approved by Tewkesbury Borough Council in February.
The decision marks a significant point in Taylor Wimpey’s partnership with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).
It will provide 176 new net zero carbon ready homes for army personnel and their families at Imjin Barracks.
The new net zero carbon ready homes will include cutting edge sustainability measures including photovoltaic panels to generate green energy, air source heat pumps, smart heating controls, underfloor heating, triple glazing, increased insulation and electric vehicle charging points for these properties.
It is understood that work on the homes, which are being provided under the Defence Estates Optimisation (DEO) Army Programme, will start later this year and is due to be completed by 2026.
The remaining development will deliver 81 affordable homes, of which 60 per cent are for affordable rent and 40 per cent are for immediate housing for the local community, alongside areas of public open space.
Jemma Shorrock, associate director in Boyer’s Bristol office said, ‘It has been exciting to assist Taylor Wimpey in securing this latest Reserved Matters approval to enable the delivery of much needed affordable housing and new net zero carbon ready homes for army personnel. The development is one of the first of its kind and may well be an exemplar development to the wider development industry. We very much look forward to seeing this phase of development completed.’
Keith Simmons, managing director of Taylor Wimpey Bristol said, ‘We are extremely excited about this partnership with the British Army, as we know it will have a direct impact on the lives of soldiers and their families, who sacrifice so much for the benefit of many. By working together with DIO to deliver these high quality and sustainable new homes, we can ensure that local army personnel will benefit from the very latest sustainable building methods and technologies, providing them with homes that are equipped for the future. The support we have received from Boyer through the planning process has greatly assisted the project’.