Green light for New Carbon Zero Housing Scheme

A new housing scheme that gives a modern and exciting blueprint for the future of council house building has been approved.  

Published: Friday, 5th March 2021

Orchard road

With a 100 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions - beyond the relevant building regulations targets - Orchard Road demonstrates the Council responding to the climate emergency challenge.   

Leader of the Council, Cllr Steven Curran, said: "The Council is responding to the impact of coronavirus in a bold and ambitious way, while at the same time stimulating a green recovery that will accelerate our commitment to build a greener borough and support the delivery of our Climate Emergency Action Plan. 

“The fact is we need more quality council homes and Orchard Road is an exemplary scheme, in zero carbon design, which can now be used to set a blueprint for the future as we set on our ambitious journey to deliver a good standard of housing for families.” 

The proposal goes far beyond many other housing schemes currently being developed in the borough.  

The four three-bedroom homes, and one four-bedroom house, will have triple glazed windows, a waste-water heat recovery system, an air source heat pump to provide hot water and heating, and solar panels on the roof to generate electricity.  

The plan is for 5 family council rented homes that will contribute to the 5,000 affordable housing pledge and the commitment to build 1,000 Council homes across the borough by 2022. 

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, added: “We are an ambitious Council and over the last 12 months, in our role as developer, we have explored the implementation of exemplar energy efficient solutions for new council homes that we are building.  

“Through this work the Council will be delivering hundreds of new homes with very little carbon generated.

“Our current development proposals will provide the Council with a blueprint for future proposals as we embrace new technologies and construction methods to make our borough greener.” 

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