Six affordable eco homes get the green light

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PLANS to build six eco-friendly homes that will help shape affordable housing in a proposed town were given the go ahead.

Fareham Borough Council wants to build six two-bedroom homes that meet the Passivhaus standard – a German energy performance benchmark – in Coldeast Close, Sarisbury Green.

The outcome from these trial homes will shape the design of affordable homes in proposed 6,000-home town Welborne, north of Fareham, if it gets permission following an inquiry concluding this year. Fareham’s executive meeting gave permission for the eco houses to be built at a cost of £838,000, funded from the council’s housing revenue account and £120,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Executive member for housing Brian Bayford said: ‘These are environmentally friendly houses and it is to see how effective they will be for future development.

‘Passivhaus buildings do not need any extra heating, lighting or extra energy.’

The buildings are built according to principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany, with features such as high levels of insulation, high performance windows, airtight building fabric among other features.

Katrina Trott spoke in favour of the homes. She said: ‘I want to say how brilliant these houses are. I totally agree with it and I commend it to everyone.’

Council leader Sean Woodward gave permission for the council to sign a deal with the contractor. Construction should start in April, finishing the following spring.