Green light for green homes in Erewash
"As well as helping to maintain low running costs for our tenants, the incredibly high building specification will mean the homes also have a very low carbon footprint.”
Developed by emh group, the new properties at Town Street will comprise 40 family homes and bungalows.
They are designed to the highest possible environmental standard, Passivhaus, and to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Town Street will be built using a “fabric first” approach to achieve an extraordinary level of insulation with the intention of lowering running costs for tenants.
Funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and Erewash Borough Council, it is part of a wider regeneration programme from affordable housing provider emh group across the East Midlands, with neighbouring Hart Lea already benefiting from nine new affordable homes.
emh homes, which incorporates the former Three Valleys Housing, is one of the largest housing providers in the East Midlands, and has been developing in Erewash since 2011.
Chan Kataria, Chief Executive of emh group, said: “Town Street will help to meet housing need for the people of Erewash. As well as helping to maintain low running costs for our tenants, the incredibly high building specification will mean the homes also have a very low carbon footprint.”
Erewash Borough Councillor Carol Hart, Lead Member for Community Engagement, who has special responsibility for housing, said: “It is excellent news. We are very happy to be working with emh group. We have some good affordable housing projects that they have already delivered in the borough, and this is a really outstanding new project.”
Ian Jones, Business Development Director at Westleigh Developments, said: "This is an exciting development to be involved in. Our Westframe timberframe system provides an excellent base to achieve the rigorous standards required to achieve Passivhaus. This is one of a number of Passivhaus developments we will be developing throughout the region."
Work is due to be completed in spring 2015, and the properties will be available to rent to local people.