At Thakeham, we are committed to creating an extraordinary place for our residents to call home. Our vision is to develop a community that not only complements its surroundings but also promotes a sustainable lifestyle for everyone. With this in mind, we have established three core principles that guide our approach to achieving this goal.
- We pledge to ensure 20% biodiversity net gain, demonstrating our dedication to preserving and enhancing the local environment.
- We strive to deliver zero carbon homes in lifetime operation, showcasing our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and promoting energy efficacy.
- Our vision includes creating a pedestrian and cycle-friendly community, prioritizing sustainable transportation options for our residents.
To bring this vision to life, Thakeham will develop between 2,000 and 2,400 new homes, featuring extra care facilities and affordable housing. We also recognise the importance of education and will provide new facilities for Paxtonstowe and the existing local community, as well as nearby villages.
Our development plans also include a new publicly accessible Country Park and Ecological Linear Park, offering open green spaces for residents to enjoy. The village centre, conveniently located adjacent to Cheddington train station, will serve as a hub for all necessary local amenities. We envision a vibrant community space with potential employment opportunities, retail shops, cafes and health facilities.
Thakeham’s approach to sustainable transport starts with the principle of reducing the need to travel.
Getting around will be easy with safe, off-road pedestrian and cycling friendly routes making them a more attractive option over the car.
Residents who want to make working from home a relaxing experience will have the option of a garden office as part of the purchase process of their house, allowing their home the flexibility to suit changing lifestyles.
Electric vehicle charging is provided as standard on every Thakeham home.
STRATEGICALLY LOCATED AND WELL CONNECTED
The ‘green corridors’ centred through the Site, helps to strengthen the green network within and around the Site. This corridor contributes to creating a well connected community with ample green spaces. These green corridors will also support the ecology and biodiversity of the area.
Net Zero by 2025
We believe we have a responsibility as community creators, to understand that climate change is the most important issue facing us and future generations. That’s why Thakeham has made a public declaration to become Net Zero by 2025, including our whole impact across our homes, the production, and our business emissions. We are also supporting the industry in the charge towards Net Zero as part of the Future Homes Hub.
Our fabric first approach is what makes our homes intuitive enough for anyone to live a more sustainable life. Through exceeding Passivhaus’ Space Heating Standard, we limit heat losses whilst allowing a careful mix of natural and controlled ventilation. Renewable energy backs up our designs to ensure homes are easy to operate and residents are more energy resilient.
CARBON NEUTRAL BUSINESS
Thakeham has hit it’s goal to be a carbon
neutral business, five years early.
Thakeham was the first UK housebuilder to sign the SME Climate Commitment, joining us to the UN’s Race To Zero campaign. Our carbon emissions are verified and we have been awarded our Carbon Neutral certification by Planet Mark, committing us to emissions reductions each year.
OPEN SPACE & BIODIVERSITY
At Thakeham, we want to see a world where seeing a hedgehog is an everyday experience. The proposal will provide a benefit to nature alongside a significant amount of usable open space for the community and existing residents. Biodiversity-focused landscaping will form a key part of the proposal, and will be seeking to provide a net gain for biodiversity of more than 20% as well as increasing people’s connection to nature.
COMMITTED TO NATURE RECOVERY
Nature Recovery is important to Thakeham and we are working to halt biodiversity loss, provide resilient habitats and educate young people about wildlife. Thakeham works closely with charities such as the Wildlife Trusts, to increase people’s awareness and understanding of the natural world and deepening their relationship with it.