£21m ‘eco-efficient’ development launched on Salisbury Plain

A prime eight-acre (3.22 Ha) site in the Wiltshire village of West Lavington has been acquired by Hayfield, intended to host 50 eco-efficient luxury homes. The plans for the £21m project will feature air source heat pumps, energy-efficient underfloor heating, electric vehicle fast-charging points, and ultra-fast broadband.

Located on the north edge of Salisbury Plain, five miles from the medieval market town of Devizes, the site has been purchased from Gaiger Properties and Crossmolina with outline planning consent. Hayfield has submitted a Reserved Matters Application to Wiltshire Council for a range of bungalows, maisonettes and two-, three-, fourand five-bedroom “executive” houses.

30% of the proposed scheme will be designated for affordable housing, with all 50 homes designed to be “tenure blind.” All homes will have designated parking, with many benefiting from garages, and visitor parking spaces will be widely available. To improve local biodiversity, the scheme will also incorporate landscaped public space, a play area, native tree planting, an attenuation pond, and a new area of pollen and nectar-rich wildflowers.

Hayfield’s plans include the creation of a new access road and footpaths to adoptable standards from Lavington Lane, with the development having been designed to supplement existing mature hedgerows and trees. The proposed executive homes have reportedly been designed with a high degree of consideration to the local vernacular, with features including brick detailing and traditional porches. Predominantly heritage red brickwork will be complemented by dark grey feature window frames, and traditional brown and grey roof tiles.

The development has been designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding semi-rural landscape of its picturesque and historic village setting. Also located in West Lavington is Dauntsey’s Public School, which was founded in 1542, while Dauntsey Academy Primary School is located adjacent to Hayfield’s scheme. 20 new designated drop-off car parking spaces will be provided for the primary school, for the use of parents and carers.

Andy Morris, managing director at Hayfield commented:

“We are delighted to be kick-starting the New Year with such a prime acquisition. This is our second site in Wiltshire, the other being in Broad Blunsdon, nearly an hour away, and this proposed scheme will appeal to a very different market. As a reflection of the desirability and popularity of this area with aspirational purchasers, this scheme will become one of Hayfield’s most luxurious new developments.”