Hayfield acquires a prime site near Devizes to deliver a £21m ‘green’ development

By Nick Batten on 11 January, 2022

Construction company Hayfield has acquired a prime eight-acre (3.22 Ha) site in the Wiltshire village of West Lavington to deliver 50 eco-efficient luxury homes.

The plans for the £21m project will feature Air Source Heat Pumps, energy-efficient underfloor heating, the smartest electric vehicle fast-charging points available and ultra-fast broadband. 

Located off Lavington Lane, on the north edge of the Salisbury Plain, the site has been purchased from Gaiger Properties Limited and Crossmolina Limited with Outline Planning Consent in place. Hayfield has submitted a Reserved Matters Application to Wiltshire Council for a range of bungalows, maisonettes and two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom executive houses.

To generate enhancements to biodiversity, the scheme will also incorporate landscaped Public Open Space, an equipped play area, native tree planting, an attenuation pond, and a new area of pollen and nectar-rich wildflowers. 

Located five miles from Devizes, the development has been designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding semi-rural landscape of its picturesque and historic village setting.  

Andy Morris, Managing Director of Hayfield, the WhatHouse? Housebuilder of the Year, said, “We are delighted to be kick-starting the New Year with such a prime acquisition. This is our second site in Wiltshire, but Hayfield Wood in Broad Blunsdon is nearly an hour away, so 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. 

“The plans for each two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom home features room dimensions that greatly exceed those typically seen in the new homes market. Our spacious designs and sympathetic architecture – which takes design cues from the plethora of traditional properties in the village – will be combined with an eco-efficient specification that far exceeds Building Regulations. Following initial pre-application engagement, we look forward to continue to work with West Lavington District Council, local people and stakeholders, regarding our application.” 

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 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. 

30% of the proposed scheme will be designated for affordable housing, with all 50 homes tenure blind by design. All homes will have designated parking, with many benefiting from garages. Visitor parking spaces will also be widely available. The density of the development will be archetypally Hayfield and much lower than typical new build schemes. 

The Marlborough Downs are a short drive from the West Lavington site, with the border of the wider expanse of the North Wessex Downs AONB situated only five miles away. The towns of Salisbury, Bath and Swindon are easily accessible via the A360 and there are direct trains from Salisbury to London Waterloo. 

Pictured above: The proposed layout of the West Lavington development