Architect set to unveil prototype of carbon neutral homes due to be built in Newport

PUBLISHED: 11:47 29 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 29 May 2018

Prototype of the eco homes which are due to be built in Newport. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Prototype of the eco homes which are due to be built in Newport. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


A prototype of the ‘zero bills homes’ which will be built in a sustainable development of 94 homes in Newport will be available to view during an open day at the Building Research Establishment in Watford.

Artist impression of the eco village in Newport. Picture: ZEDfactoryArtist impression of the eco village in Newport. Picture: ZEDfactory

The Sir Arthur Ellis Trust has planning permission to build a carbon neutral housing complex on its site in Newport and the public will have the chance to view a house that was designed by architect Bill Dunster and his team at Zedfactory architects, which is the prototype being used to give an idea of the standard to which the Newport properties will be built.

The site is located on the south western edge of the village, measuring more than 11 acres, and an acre of the development land will be gifted to Newport Primary School. The development plans include village greens and a community centre.

The plan was initially refused by Uttlesford District Council, following a campaign in the village against the development, but it was later allowed on appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

According to the developer, the homes will have embedded solar roofs meaning that over a year they will be zero-energy users and every home will also have the option of high capacity electrical storage meaning that energy generated during summer days will be stored on site for usage later.

The homes are super-insulated, triple glazed and of high thermal mass to keep them cool in summer and warm in winter.

The developers are currently in the process of negotiating a preferred lender who will offer mortgages on the Newport homes at a discounted rate and the developer also said there would be the opportunity to purchase properties at subsidised prices under the shared ownership scheme or government help to buy scheme.

The site will be administered by its own community land trust (CLT), which means residents will be CLT members with a say on matters such as how the village greens are used and maintained and how the estate roadways are lit.

The intended start date for construction is in the autumn, with the first properties aimed to be completed for early 2019.

The open day is at the Building Research Establishment, Bucknalls Lane, Watford on June 16 from 11am to 4pm and refreshments will be available.

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