Plans unveiled for new Plymouth estate
Plans have been revealed for the construction of a new residential estate in Plymouth, with homes at the new development to deliver high levels of energy efficiency for future households.
The Plymouth Herald reports all of the 72 new affordable homes at the former site of Hillside Special School in Whitleigh will be built in line with Passivhaus standards - the most sustainable and energy-efficient model for housing in the UK.
An application for the development has now been approved by city planners, with developer Plymouth Community Homes to begin work at the site in the coming months.
Intent on delivering a new estate that has a minimal environmental impact in the future, the application stated: "The site is clear of any structures except for some rubble remains of former buildings on the site, and vegetation that has grown since the former schools were demolished.
"The site is located within easy walking distance of services and facilities, and the location is sustainable in all respects."
Measures that will now be employed to ensure households can benefit from the highest possible green credentials in future include the use of recycled and locally-sourced materials where possible during the construction phase, as well as the installation of extensive amounts of thermal insulation and draught-proofing for each property.
When complete, the estate will consist of six one-bedroom flats, 32 two-bedroom houses, seven two-bedroom homes, 20 three-bedroom houses and seven three-bedroom homes.