Michael Eavis: Glastonbury Festival founder donates land near Worthy Farm for affordable homes

Michael Eavis donated part of his land to Pilton to help build new affordable homes. The land is less than half a mile from the famous Worthy Farm, where some of the world’s most famous names travel each June for the Glastonbury Festival.

Donated to the Guinness Housing Partnership, it will bring the total number of homes for the project, launched by the festival’s founder in 1996, to 52. A small event took place last week to celebrate the inauguration of a new development. Guinness is working with contractor EG Carter & Co Ltd, which has started work on site.

Mr Eavis said: ‘Pilton is really important to me – it’s where I was born, where I lived man and boy, where I raised my family and of course it’s been home to the festival for over 50 years old. years now. With rural house prices so often out of reach for local people, this gives villagers, most of whom are working families who live here, the opportunity to live here for the rest of their lives at social rent.

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“I started building these houses 45 years ago with government funding and when this project is complete it will bring the total number of houses available to 52. Of all the things I have done in my life, it’s the one I have that I’m most proud of.

“The Guinness Partnership really understood what I wanted to achieve and worked with us to make sure the houses matched the style of the village. I’m really looking forward to seeing the houses built, people moving in and raising a new generation to enjoy this beautiful area for years to come.”

The latest development will include houses, bungalows and apartments fitted with air-source heat pumps and built with local natural stone as cladding. The project is expected to be completed next year and residents are expected to move in from April 2023.

Mathew Vye, Managing Partner at EG Carter & Co Ltd added: “We are delighted to be working on the second phase of this development alongside Guinness and the Glastonbury Festival. These new homes will not only be built to the highest standard, but will also provide much needed accommodation for residents with strong ties to the village of Pilton. We look forward to working with Guinness and Glastonbury Festival as we continue to change people’s lives. »

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Jan G. Gilbert