Our Christow gets Best Rural Development Award
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We have received the Best Rural Development Award for our Passivhaus development in Christow at this years Devon Rural Housing Awards.

In their assessment judges said: “The development has a great sense of space and the Passivhaus design incorporates many extra features and details that ensure that the homes are highly sustainable, cheap to run and a pleasure to live in.”

Tony Sharland, our head of asset management and development said: “We are very proud of this development. Using the Passivhaus approach to building design was a first for us and we have been able to learn so much in terms of building efficiency, which we can apply to other projects. Working with the Christow Community Land Trust ensured that the whole community was involved in its development so this award is something the whole village can be proud of as well.”


Key features of Stafford Close that were noted by the judges were:

  • They are the first Passivhaus homes built in a National Park in the World
  • The design gives annual fuel bills of around £60 and is sustainable and innovative
  • The homes are built on a steep site that has been terraced to give a spacious feel and have superb views of Dartmoor
  • There is a lot of attention to detail in the homes with additional design-in features. Such as Rain water collection tanks and water butts, large sheds, built-in internet connections and a high quality finish