Council launches its first sustainable Future Homes Standard properties
Telford & Wrekin Council is taking sustainable housing to the next level in the borough as it launches its first ever Future Homes standard properties to support residents with lower fuel bills.
This will be Nuplace’s second sustainable development, designed specifically to contribute towards the council’s commitment to tackle climate change and at the same time help tenants to reduce their fuel bills. Solar panels and electric car charging points at Nuplace’s Southwater Way development are saving an average 3-bedroom household as much as £900 per year in energy bills (based on projected energy prices for 2022/23).
The properties, which are now available to reserve, are located at ‘Wild Walk’ in Donnington and form part of a much wider development of 329 new homes which are being bought forward by a partnership comprising of Telford & Wrekin Council, Nuplace, Lovell Partnerships Ltd and local housing association, Wrekin Housing Group. The mixed tenure site includes properties for open market sale, private and affordable rent, Rent to Buy, and dementia care and supported living units.
Details have launched this week for Nuplace’s 66 new homes, with the first phase of private rent properties being released to the market. The properties range from 1 to 4-bedroom houses, apartments and bungalows.
Of the 66 homes being developed, 16 of these are being built to accessible and adaptable standards, and are available for people who are over the age of 55, or with a demonstrable need.
The houses have been specifically designed by housebuilding partner Lovell to enable occupants to live independently and improve confidence in the home. These properties come in different styles, but most importantly are easy for residents to access and manage.
Whilst all of the properties at Wild Walk have been delivered to low carbon standards incorporating solar panels and electric car charging points, the council has gone one step further in its commitment to tackle climate change, by introducing its first Future Homes standard properties.
These green homes will produce 75-80% less carbon emissions than homes built under the current Building Regulations. The properties will feature new technology when it comes to heating, hot water systems and reducing heat waste.
Councillor Carolyn Healy (Lab) Cabinet member for climate action, green spaces, heritage and leisure commented: “In Telford and Wrekin there is a lot going on to support the fight against climate change and as a council we are tackling climate change right across our different services.
“Future Homes Standard properties will be mandatory by 2025 and Nuplace have ensured that sustainable housing is right at the top of the agenda for this latest development.
“We already know that solar panels and electric car charging points at Nuplace’s existing development in Southwater Way are saving an average 3-bedroom household as much as £900 per year in energy bills (based on projected energy prices for 2022/23) and I am delighted that residents are benefiting first hand.”
Councillor Richard Overton (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for homes and enforcement commented: “Housing is one of our key priorities in Telford and Wrekin as we set to protect, care and invest to create a better borough for all of our residents. This new development at Wild Walk is a key part of this and it’s great to see the range of properties available both from Nuplace and also our partners.
“With over 1,200 tenants now living in Nuplace properties right across the borough, we know they are providing fantastic long-term homes for our residents. We’re delighted that Nuplace is continuing offering more specialist and adaptable homes for those who need them and hope this will enable and encourage people to continue living independently for longer in their own homes.”
30 Nuplace properties at Wild Walk are now available for residents to reserve. The remaining 36 properties set to launch as a part of phase 2 in Spring 2024. To be kept up to date with the latest developments – you can register online.
Sales packs, including rent prices, floor plans and images, are all available online at www.nuplace.co.uk along with details of how to apply.
For details of Wrekin Housing Group and Lovell housing options at this site please visit www.nuplace.co.uk/donningtonwood