Hook Norton Community Housing – Vision and Design Workshop
In September 2018 the 37 people interested in living in the community homes were invited to participate in a Vision and Design workshop with the team at Charlie Luxton Design. The event took place at Hooky Sports and Social Club and was a creative and lively evening where the community and designers collaborated on ideas that will inform the initial design and layout of the site. The atmosphere was vibrant and stimulating, culminating in a dynamic exchange of views that were captured on film by Antenna Films for inclusion in a possible documentary on community led housing.
Click here to see the presentation slides & event results from Charlie Luxton Design:
Charlie Luxton Design appointed as project Architectural Designers
In August 2018 four local architectural practices were invited to submit expressions of interest to develop the next phase of the community housing project and were interviewed by members of HNLC and the Low Carbon Hub, Oxford. Each practice presented conceptual sketches of how the site might potentially look and discussed how they might approach engaging the community to contribute their ideas to decide the size and shape of the homes and their surroundings. All four bids were extremely impressive in different ways but it was unanimously decided that the team at Charlie Luxton Designs had the most imaginative and versatile approach and they were selected as the project Architectural Designers. They had great ideas for the sustainability requirements as well as the communal aspects of the build and were excited about the prospect of working directly with the local community.
37 respondents would like to live in one of the community homes
The results of the survey in April 2018 delivered a positive message of support for a Community Housing project in Hooky that will provide affordable, sustainable housing for those in need with a strong local connection to the area. From the respondents 37 people indicated that they would like to live in the homes, which will be designed according to the needs of the community. A second more detailed survey was completed by this group to ascertain the level of need for affordable housing in Hooky and to determine the different types of tenure to be available. As a community led project, all prospective occupants were invited to a workshop with the project architects to contribute ideas to the layout of the site and the design of the homes and communal areas.
Hook Norton low Carbon – Homes For Hooky
Community Housing Survey Results
In March we delivered and collected our Community Housing
survey to over 1000 homes in Hooky and would like to thank
everyone who took the time to think over and tell us what they
thought. We had a fantastic response with 533 completed returns and the results of the consultation can be seen on the link below:
Housing Needs Survey Results
Watch our short film below and see what your friends and neighbours say about affordable community housing in Hook Norton.
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For those who haven’t heard of us, we are a Co-operative and Community Benefit Society, set up to help the community reduce its energy consumption, carbon emissions and save money. We run a range of community-based schemes, including the provision of the solar panels and insulation work at the school, and also individual household projects based on interest-free or low cost loans.
We also have a Community Car Club and a waste-oil biodiesel supply, in the village, and run the Community Swap Shops every year.
Hook Norton Low Carbon wins European Award
Energy Neutral Village
This Ace Award category is open to villages or communities of approx. 500-5,000 inhabitants, which demonstrate the steps taken towards becoming independent of fossil fuels and using carbon neutral energy sources in their day to day lives. The submission may consist of an elaborated plan on specific actions or projects for saving energy, using energy more efficiently and independently generating sustainable or renewable energy in the village.
And the winner is…
Hook Norton Low Carbon Ltd!