SU1485 : Green, The "Triangle", Howse Garden, off Northern Road, Swindon

taken 6 years ago, near to Swindon, Great Britain

Green, The "Triangle", Howse Garden, off Northern Road, Swindon
Green, The "Triangle", Howse Garden, off Northern Road, Swindon
The "Triangle", Howse Garden, is a new and controversial housing development off Northern Road, Swindon. Built by Hab Oakus, the partnership between TV presenter Kevin McCloud's company Hab and housing group GreenSquare, it is an estate of 42 sustainable and "affordable" dwellings. LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) The houses are constructed using Tradical® Hemcrete® (made from hemp shiv mixed with a lime based binder). LinkExternal link According to their website, “Haboakus developments are designed to be respectful towards the environment and easy and cheap to run … the developer aims to create developments that allow people to live more environmentally-friendly and fulfilling lives: to walk or cycle rather than drive; to share lifts or join a car club; to grow their own food; and to co-exist happily with natural habitats, wildlife, and, above all, with their neighbours and the community as a whole." On 6th December 2011, McCloud said, “The public areas are now pretty well complete and I'm looking forward to seeing the wild flowers emerge next summer. I'm also looking forward to seeing how productive the polytunnels, veg beds and edible hedgerows are.”
LinkExternal link However, when I visited the estate in June, all I saw was this sorry-looking excuse for a village green, with its even sorrier-looking non-functioning village pump, a few straggly trees and not a single wild flower. If anyone knows where they have hidden the polytunnels, veg beds and edible hedgerows, please let me know.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 13 June, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 14 June, 2012
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1421 8594 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:34.3292N 1:47.7816W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1428 8592
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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Sustainable Building  Village Green  Hab Oakus  Kevin McCloud  Village Pump  New Affordable Homes 

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