Proposed Community Led Affordable Rural Housing in 


Welcome to the online consultation pages from 

The Thaxted Community Land Trust Limited working in partnership with English Rural.

Here you can read information about who we are, find out about our proposals, read FAQs and give us your feedback.

You can also register your interest in living in one of our homes.

Thaxted Community Land Trust board members meeting  with English Rural on site

About Thaxted Community Land Trust

Thaxted Community Land Trust Limited was formed in 2020 in response to needs identified in the Neighbourhood Plan. The Trust operates as a not-for-profit Organisation, retaining land and property through community ownership. Our aim is to work with our community to ensure that in an ever-challenging market, local people can continue to live and thrive in our very special town.

Thaxted Community Land Trust Limited chose to work with English Rural because of their background in providing quality, affordable, rural homes. We know how special Thaxted is to its people and we wanted to ensure we worked with a provider who fully understood this. We are really excited for our first project and we can't wait to hear your feedback!

Please take a look at our Facebook page

Some of the English Rural Team

About English Rural

English Rural is a specialist non-profit rural housing association, established in 1991. We only build and manage homes in village locations, principally across the south of England. All the homes we build are community-led and designed to benefit local people. We are also one of the leading national advocates on affordable rural housing issues, with HRH The Princess Royal as our Patron.

Generally speaking, we develop our homes on ‘rural exception sites’. This enables us to ensure they are affordable and secured for local people – forever.  Our residents and the local community are at the heart of what we do.

Affordable doesn’t mean poor quality. Our homes are designed and built to high standards, usually using local design features and ensuring that their environmental impact is minimal.  We build beautiful homes that villages can be proud of and our homes consistently win awards for design and construction.

To find out more about us and to see our past and current developments please visit:

The proposed site to the left of Bardfield Road

What Is Proposed?

We are proposing to design, build and manage a small development in Bardfield Road of four affordable rented homes for local people. The scheme would comprise the following homes:

Visit the 'Visuals' page to view sketch ideas of what the scheme might look like.

Proposed Location

Please refer to our FAQs to learn how this site was selected.

The proposed site is located on the North side of Bardfield Road adjacent to the disused Scout Hut.  Access to the proposed homes would be directly from Bardfield Road.  The development site is approximately 0.2 acres in size and is a relatively flat overgrown area of land.  The existing highway footpath along the frontage provides good connectivity with Thaxted.

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Community Benefits

Watch a video on the benefits that affordable rural homes bring to communities. Hear from English Rural residents who explain how they, their families and the local community have benefitted from being able to live in an affordable rural home

Click on the video to play.

Learn more about our proposals, read FAQs and give us your feedback.

You can also register your interest in living in one of our homes.

The Feedback page is now closed.  Your valued comments will be considered by the CLT and English Rural.  Please check back for an update soon.