Pitching a tent might be the most recognisable housing around Glastonbury when the world-famous festival kicks off, but founder Michael Eavis has something more permanent in mind in the shape of social housing.
Eavis has gifted land to housing association The Guinness Partnership to build 20 homes in Pilton, Somerset, just a mile and a half from Worthy Farm where music’s most prestigious acts thrill thousands of festivalgoers on the Pyramid Stage.
“Pilton is really important to me – it’s where I was born, where I have lived man and boy, where I have brought up my family, and, of course, it has been home to the festival for more than 50 years now,” said Eavis.
“With rural house prices so often out of reach for local people, this gives villagers, most of whom are working families who live around here, the opportunity to live here for the rest of their lives at a social rent.”
The 20 homes are the latest in Eavis’s efforts to boost the number of affordable houses available around the 900 acres of farmland he owns, taking the tally of homes he has built to 52.
The first phase of the project was completed in 2018 when 19 homes were built at Margaret Bondfield Close.