New homes in Bearley

bearley passive homes in development

You can find information about the types of homes, eligibility and how to apply at the bottom of this page.

Seven affordable homes, a mix of houses, bungalows and maisonettes, are nearing completion in the village of Bearley.

Built in partnership with Orbit, J Harper and New Meaning, the homes will provide homes for local people.

Homes for local people

Due to be completed in July 2022, the homes are the realisation of a 20-year dream for the village. They will be available for social rent and only offered to people with a connection to the village, enabling local people to stay in, or return to, Bearley.

The need for these affordable homes was identified back in 2001 in the village’s first plan. The plan found that “the majority of the village would like it to develop as a family community with affordable housing to keep the younger generation in the village”.

Low environmental impact

The homes will be built using the Beattie Passivhaus system - an advanced low energy construction standard.  With a simple timber framework, sandwiching high performance insulation, this system uses considerably less carbon dioxide than standard masonry construction. The windows will be triple glazed and, in combination with the insulated superstructure, make the homes completely draught free. This effectively eliminates heat loss and creates buildings with very low environmental impact.

Low running costs

Each super-insulated home will have solar panels and an air source hot water and heating system, keeping energy bills low. There’s also the added benefits of improved air quality and a very quiet indoor environment. Vehicle charging points will also be included to allow residents to charge electrical vehicles in the future.

WRHA are building on the success of our first affordable Passivhaus development in Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire. Residents moved in to their new homes in 2018 and are reaping the benefits of significantly reduced energy bills.

Working with social enterprise New Meaning

WRHA are proud to be working with New Meaning, a social enterprise education provision, on this development. New Meaning provide training and support for students who left school with few to no qualifications and have helped over 138 young people start a career in construction.  The team will be managing the construction of the superstructures.

Development details and application process:

About the homes

  • Types of homes for rent

    The homes are due to be completed in July 2022.

    There will be seven homes available, all for social rent:

    • x2 2-bed houses
    • x1 3-bed house
    • x2 2-bed bungalows
    • x2 1-bed maisonettes

How to apply

  • Local connection eligibity criteria

    To be eligible to bid for one of these homes, you'll need to have a proven housing need, and a local connection.

    1. In the first instance: A local connection to Bearley

    This connection can be:

    • born in Bearley
    • currently living there (and having done so for at least 12 months)
    • previously lived there (for at least three years out of the last five years)
    • work there (and have done for at least 12 months for a minimum of 16 hours a week)
    • have close family living there.

    2.  In the second instance: A local connection to an adjoining parish

    The local connection criteria has a cascade policy. This means, if there are no suitable candidates with a local connection to Bearley, the bidding cascades out to people with a local connection (as list above under 1.) to the adjoining parishes of Aston Cantlow, Langley, Snitterfield, Wilmcote or Wootton Wawen.

    3.  In the third instance: A local connection within the Stratford-on-Avon district

    If there are no suitable candidates in Bearley or the listed adjoining parishes, the bidding will open out to anyone with a local connection (as list above under 1.) in Stratford-on-Avon district.

    Any questions?

    If you'd like to find out more about the local connection criteria, please contact Philippa Osborne on 0300 1234 009.

  • How to apply and bid for a home

    The homes will be allocated using the Home Choice Plus system, which will be administered by Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

    You MUST register Home Choice Plus.

    • To be considered for a rented property you MUST be registered with Home Choice Plus (Stratford-on-Avon Council's choice based letting system), which you can do online at
    • Once you've registered, and when the homes on the scheme enter the weekly bidding cycle, you can bid for the property of your choice.
    • 'Bidding' doesn’t involve paying any money – it's simply a registration of your application for one or more properties.

    When will the homes be advertised on Home Choice Plus?

    • We expect that the homes in Bearley will enter the weekly bidding cycle on Home Choice Plus

    at midnight on Monday 9th May 2022, for seven working days only.

    • Successful applicants will be contacted week commencing 23rd May 2022.

    Register your interest with us

    Please also register your interest with us, and when the new homes are nearing completion, we’ll let you know that the homes are being advertised on the Home Choice Plus website.

    Register your interest >

Further information

Read about our first PassivHaus development in Wootton Wawen >