Prince Charles likes cheap houses

Prince Charles has opened an affordable rural housing scheme on land owned by his estate.

Charles visited the new development on land set aside by the Duchy of Cornwall at Springwell Hill in Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire yesterday (25.02.08), where he met with architects, builders and local residents.

The prince used a shovel to help plant an Ash tree, before making a speech at Springwell Hill’s village hall. The homes – which a spokeswoman for Charles’ London residence Clarence House says were created to meet the local need for affordable housing – have been built by Oxford Citizens Housing Association and consist of 12 units, made up of both flats and houses.

Eight of the units will be made available for rent, with the remaining four to be sold on a shared ownership basis.

A Clarence House spokeswoman said: “The prince’s affordable rural housing initiative was launched in June 2003 with the aim of engaging the private sector in the delivery of affordable housing.”