Michael Eavis at the ground breaking event
Mark Adair

Guinness to build more affordable homes on land gifted by Glastonbury Festival founder

Housing Association, The Guinness Partnership, have held an event to celebrate breaking ground on the second phase of their development in Pilton, Somerset. Michael Eavis, the founder of the Glastonbury Festival, has donated part of his land to help meet local housing needs.

Michael Eavis said, “Pilton is really important to me - it’s where I was born, where I have lived, where I have brought up my family, and, of course, it has been home to the festival for more than 50 years now.

“With rural house prices so often out of reach for local people, this gives villagers, most of whom are working families who live around here, the opportunity to live here for the rest of their lives at a social rent.”

The homes which include houses, bungalows and flats will be equipped with air source heat pumps and local natural stone will be used for cladding the buildings. They are expected to be completed and available for occupation from April 2023.

Craig MacDonald, head of new business at Guinness said:  “This scheme is a great example of collaborative working, and we are delighted to be able to continue to provide much needed affordable housing in this rural area.”  

The first phase of 19 social rent homes at Margaret Bondfield Close was completed in 2018 and planning consent has now been granted for an additional 20 homes, which will also be for social rent. Mr Eavis has donated the land on condition that the homes will serve the local community in perpetuity.

The development is supported by Strategic Partnership funding from Homes England and, as well as donating the additional land, Michael Eavis has also contributed £275,000 to the scheme. Guinness are working with the contractor EG Carter & Co Ltd who have commenced works on site.    

Mathew Vye, associate director at EG Carter & Co Ltd said: “We are looking forward to working with both Guinness and Glastonbury Festivals as we continue to change people’s lives.”

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