TV expert is involved in homes plan on Chippenham rectory site

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Kevin McCloud Kevin McCloud

TV presenter Kevin McCloud is involved in plans to redevelop a former rectory in Chippenham.

Mr McCloud, a writer, designer and broadcaster, owns Hab and together with Chippenham based GreenSquare housing association, is consulting over proposals for 12 homes at the site in Parklands, Malmesbury Road.

There is a drop in event on Thursday at St Paul’s Church Hall, Malmesbury Road, Chippenham, from 4pm to 7pm.

The plans are to convert the former rectory into two semi-detached houses, demolish bedsits next to the rectory and build six houses. Also on the site are four bungalows which are currently unoccupied and they will be refurbished.

The former rectory was most recently part of a sheltered housing scheme for older people run by Westlea Housing Association but the properties closed two years ago and have been empty ever since.

The plans are being developed by Haboakus - the joint venture between Hab and GreenSquare.
Haboakus project director Simon McWhirter said: “This is a splendid site with views of an absolutely first rate civic park (John Coles Park), but the rectory and its grounds have been swamped by unattractive additions dating from the 1960s.

“We are very excited about the prospect of restoring the historic building to its former glory and building new houses that realise the full potential of this magnificent site.”

Haboakus was established in 2007 with the express aim of delivering places and homes that respect the local context, are strongly rooted in the community, are beautiful to look at and efficient to build and run.

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11:25am Tue 11 Dec 12

linr00 says...

Instead of building more homes,what about building some decent shops ,as in for kids clothing and toys or something like farm foods .Chippenham is over run with coffee shops,charity shops and phone shops.
Instead of building more homes,what about building some decent shops ,as in for kids clothing and toys or something like farm foods .Chippenham is over run with coffee shops,charity shops and phone shops. linr00

12:05pm Tue 11 Dec 12

max_lan says...

I don't think building a shop is going to help the "decent shops" situation. There are plenty of empty shops around town already that could be used.
And there already is a greengrocer a bakery and a regular market in town.
As we have seen with the closure of Starbucks, there are too many coffee shops and market pressure has forced one to close. Now get out there and support your local coffee shop and stop buying mobile phones. Then there will be even more empty plots, rents will come down and other shops can move in.
I don't think building a shop is going to help the "decent shops" situation. There are plenty of empty shops around town already that could be used. And there already is a greengrocer a bakery and a regular market in town. As we have seen with the closure of Starbucks, there are too many coffee shops and market pressure has forced one to close. Now get out there and support your local coffee shop and stop buying mobile phones. Then there will be even more empty plots, rents will come down and other shops can move in. max_lan

12:22pm Tue 11 Dec 12

lucyloo02 says...

About time we saw some regeneration in Chippenham. There are too many buildings sat empty and looking unsightly. The site at the top of Hungerdown Lane is a prime example. What on earth is going on there? It's been desolate and fenced up for months now - what an eye sore and what a lost opportunity.
About time we saw some regeneration in Chippenham. There are too many buildings sat empty and looking unsightly. The site at the top of Hungerdown Lane is a prime example. What on earth is going on there? It's been desolate and fenced up for months now - what an eye sore and what a lost opportunity. lucyloo02

1:10pm Tue 11 Dec 12

notscot says...

Great idea.
Great idea. notscot

2:21pm Tue 11 Dec 12

salt and vinegar says...

Chippenham's always been a dump i'm afraid!
Chippenham's always been a dump i'm afraid! salt and vinegar

11:21pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Yer Tis says...

Excellent use of the space, but only providing the issues that are currently plaguing the Haboakus development in Swindon, do not reoccur on this development
Excellent use of the space, but only providing the issues that are currently plaguing the Haboakus development in Swindon, do not reoccur on this development Yer Tis

12:36pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Roy-Orbit of Chippenham says...

self serving pratt.
self serving pratt. Roy-Orbit of Chippenham

1:56pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Bashchavz says...

linr00 wrote:
Instead of building more homes,what about building some decent shops ,as in for kids clothing and toys or something like farm foods .Chippenham is over run with coffee shops,charity shops and phone shops.
You can also add barbers to that list.....
[quote][p][bold]linr00[/bold] wrote: Instead of building more homes,what about building some decent shops ,as in for kids clothing and toys or something like farm foods .Chippenham is over run with coffee shops,charity shops and phone shops.[/p][/quote]You can also add barbers to that list..... Bashchavz

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