Gallery: The Yard is an Ambitious Self-Build Estate Constructed to BREE...

Once an industrial manufacturing yard, the land went up for sale in 2000. A determined group of local people ganged together to form the Ashley Vale Action Group (AVAG), with a plan to purchase the land and create an estate of quality self-built houses designed to benefit the community. The expected outcome was another corporate owned and generally bland housing estate, but surprisingly the group found enough support and now an estate of unique houses that conform to BREEAM standards stands on the former industrial site. The estate also boasts play areas and a city farm within its boundaries, and by all accounts, some very cheerful residents!

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