Positive response received for eco-home designs

Development plans featuring new affordable and environmentally friendly homes in Highworth, Wiltshire, have received praise from local councillors. Commenting on the early designs, council members described the designs as professional and well thought-out.

The new homes under consideration for the town north-east from Swindon have been designed to tick boxes for both affordable housing and being a carbon-neutral scheme. Leading architects in Knutsford, Highworth and other towns around the UK are now focusing on sustainable designs for residential properties, with homes future-proofed in line with the government’s green-minded agenda to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The housing development company operated by Swindon Borough Council aims to construct 26 residences on Highworth’s Lechlade Road. Half of these homes are planned to be affordable, with nine fitted with eco-friendly solutions to reduce harmful carbon emissions.

Adam Gartier, the director for the housing project, commented to the Swindon Advertiser:

“The good thing about this housing development company is that, unlike more commercially-minded developers, we’re able to put greater emphasis on social benefits and make sure our developments… harmonise with their localities.”

The issue of sustainability has always remained at the forefront of the scheme, from the team working out where to install charge points for electric vehicle (EV) owners to devising ways to maintain existing areas inhabited by wildlife at the proposed location.

The site’s existing vegetation and trees offer a wealth of biodiversity, which has been described as an asset by project leaders, and a full flood assessment has now been undertaken by a drainage engineer to ensure the development is building on solid ground.

Posted by Mark
April 26, 2021
Developments

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